A reckless e-scooter rider was arrested not long after he allegedly knocked down an 11-year-old girl along Pasir Ris Drive 1 last night.
The girl’s father, Rahmat Nizam Samat, went on Facebook to post about the incident that took place near Pasir Ris East Community Centre yesterday, in which a young man — who was apparently riding fast while playing music out loud and smoking a cigarette — collided hard into the back of the child.
Speaking to The Straits Times, Rahmat said that he found his daughter in tears, with her jaw misaligned and her gums appearing to be pushed back. The girl was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where doctors managed to realign her jaw and gums. Two of her teeth were said to be missing.
On top of that, the girl also suffered abrasions on her head, face, elbow, and knees, said Rahmat. His daughter was given seven days of medical leave to recover.
According to the police, they were alerted to the incident at 8:30pm last night and promptly arrested the 24-year-old man accused of knocking her down.
This accident should prove that more regulations on e-scooters are needed, and indeed there will be in the second half of the year. The Land Transport Authority will be enacting mandatory registration for all e-scooter owners, who will have to submit their personal particulars to the authorities and ensure that their devices don’t exceed over 25km/h, among other restrictions.