Footage of a teen boy broadsided and flipped through the air by a car along Havelock Road has been spreading online since yesterday.
It shows a red Honda Jazz making a right turn and striking the boy as he crossed the road, tossing him into the air. The boy appears to land on the side of his head but quickly stands, holding a hand to his head in the minute-long dashcam clip.
He was taken to the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, police told reporters last night. The incident occurred at around 7am on Monday at the junction of Clemenceau Avenue and Havelock Road. There was no word on his condition.
The teen, dressed in an all-white school uniform, was said to be from Outram Secondary located nearby, according to traffic accidents page Roads.SG, which published the clip.
Neither police nor the school had responded to Coconuts Singapore’s inquiries as of publication time.
A man named Desmond Tang, who claimed to be a friend of the boy’s father, said online that the driver reported the accident to the police, but had given them a “rubbish” statement.
“You are certainly a great storyteller who is full of lies !!!!! Your car continued moving even after the poor boy has landed on the ground,” Tang wrote. “This showed that you are accelerating right before the crossing and did not react immediately and stopped your vehicle.”
The driver has not been publicly identified.
He quoted from what he said was the driver’s statement.
Tang quoted the driver’s purported statement as saying: “Suddenly a school boy appeared OUT OF NO WHERE after the pedestrian crossing and BRUSHED against the left portion of my car. I reacted immediately and stopped my vehicle.”
The dashcam clip, now viewed more than 80,000 times on YouTube, also attracted online comments from others wishing the boy a speedy recovery.
“Hopefully the school boy have a speedy recovery. All drivers should be alert and focus while driving on the road. Most of the accidents happened due to less concentration and focus,” Karel Julianus Amir Kja wrote in the comments of Roads.SG’s Facebook post.
“Hope the boy is OK. The driver’s view is probably blocked by the vehicle on the right. It’s dangerous for pedestrians to cross when vehicles are making a turn,” Kian Hock Tay said.