Pedestrian caused hurt & cyclist killed | Punishment: only $1,500 fine?!?!?!?!

The title of this ST article makes me so angry. "Pedestrian fined for causing hurt to cyclist". Misleading. The cyclist was hurt and then, died. And the culprit, Xu Yuanyuan ? She's barely fined $1,500?! (Note that she could be jailed for up to six months and/or fined up to $2,500--and even for that, I'd still cry for harsher penalty!!)

I'm sure the blog, "Cycling in Singapore" would highlight the uproar against this incredibly light punishment.

Let's be clear: the fury of the light slap of $1,500 fine has nothing to do with the fact that the culprit, Xu Yuanyuan is a Chinese national. Nationality is irrelevant.

Consider the feeling of the victim's family, instead. The victim is a cleaner Lock Wai Chee and he's only 42 years old. Want to bet that he's his family's sole breadwinner?!

And yet, how much a life of a cleaner cost? For this sad case, the price tag is $1,500. Real, bloody sad.

A PEDESTRIAN stepped onto the road without looking to the right and collided with a cyclist who died five hours later.

On Monday, Xu Yuanyuan, 19, a Chinese national, was fined $1,500 after she admitted to causing hurt to cleaner Lock Wai Chee, 42, by doing a negligent act as to endanger his life.

The court heard that Xu, a student, was waiting at the pavement of the Jalan Bukit Merah by Henderson Road junction on Dec 21 last year when she took a step forward when the traffic signal was against her.

As a result, she collided into the cyclist who was cycling towards her from her right side along Henderson Road.

Mr Lock was thrown off the bicycle and suffered serious head injuries. He died at 10.19pm.

Xu could have been jailed for up to six months and/or fined up to $2,500.

From Straits Times, "Pedestrian fined for causing hurt to cyclist".


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