Cyber sentenced for killing 73-year-old pedestrian

Cyber sentenced for killing 73-year-old pedestrian

A cyclist was jailed on Thursday for 12 days in prison for killing a 73-year-old pedestrian in an accident.

Daniel Woon Hock SoonWoon Hock Soon, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by a negligent act.

Another charge of not wearing a helmet under the Road Traffic Bicycles Rules was considered for sentencing.

The court heard that Woon, a food stall operator at a military camp, was cycling on the road at about 7 am on Aug 13 last year.

He was traveling along the leftmost lane of Hougang Avenue 3, in the direction of Hougang Avenue 2.

Woon saw the traffic light had turned amber and sped up to beat it when he approached the box junction at Hougang Avenue 3 and Lorong Ah Soo.

As he crossed the junction and approached the other side of the road, he decided to get back onto the pavement by cycling through the pedestrian island.

The victim had been standing on the pedestrian island and stepped onto the road to cross the pedestrian crossing.

Woon didn't keep a proper lookout and collided with him. Shortly after, he saw the elderly man lying on the road at the crossing.

Woon helped to carry the victim onto the pavement and stayed by his side until an ambulance came to take him to the hospital.

The elderly man was unconscious and taken to the hospital. He was noted to be vomiting on his arrival and succumbed to his injuries later that day.

His cause of death was a severe head injury, consistent with that from a road traffic accident.

Woon told the court he did not sustain any injuries from the collision.

An inspection of Woon's bicycle did not find any mechanical faults that may have contributed to the accident.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wong Shiau Yin asked for two to four weeks in jail, highlighting that Woon sped up instead of slowing down when he saw the amber light signal.

Woon then maintained the same speed after crossing the junction and was unable to escape the victim, she said.

Ms Wong pointed out that Woon has a string of traffic offences dating back to 2003, including speeding and careless driving.

She said that the mitigating factors were Woon's plea of guilt and the fact that he helped the victim after the accident.

Woon, who did not have a lawyer, told the court that he did not slow down after the junction because he was trying to stay clear of oncoming traffic.

He said that it was a bus lane, so I was also fearing for my life.

Woon claimed he did not anticipate the elderly man's reaction, saying that instead of continuing on his path he swerved into my path. He told the judge that the jail term would take him away from caring for his elderly mother, a stroke patient with dementia.

She said that in sentencing, it is incumbent on the road user to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians at designated crossings. This is just a very unfortunate accident that could have been prevented.

The punishment for causing death by a negligent act can be up to two years in jail, a fine or both.