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Food deliveryman pleads guilty to rash act, after riding e-scooter in crowded mall, crashing into toddler

SINGAPORE — The shopping mall corridor was crowded, but that did not stop a part-time food deliveryman from riding his e-scooter through it and crashing into a toddler as a result.

The incident happened on the fourth floor of the Nex shopping mall at around 7.10pm on March 18, 2019.

The incident happened on the fourth floor of the Nex shopping mall at around 7.10pm on March 18, 2019.

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SINGAPORE — The shopping mall corridor was crowded, but that did not stop a part-time food deliveryman from riding his e-scooter through it and crashing into a toddler as a result.

Neo Jia Ming, 20, pleaded guilty on Thursday (June 27) to a single charge of endangering the safety of the toddler by his rash act.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nicholas Lai told the court that incident happened on the fourth floor of the Nex shopping mall at around 7.10pm on March 18 this year.

Mr Lai played a video of the incident in court, and it clearly showed that the corridor was packed with the evening crowd. The corridor itself was only wide enough for around four people to walk abreast.

But Neo, who was serving his National Service with the Singapore Civil Defence Force at that point, chose to ride his e-scooter through the corridor.

Then as he was approaching a gift shop, a toddler walked out of it and Neo crashed into him, his e-scooter hitting the boy on the forehead. The impact caused the toddler to fall backward and hit his head against the floor.

Neo then got off his e-scooter and gave his name to the boy’s parents, before leaving the scene to complete a delivery.

The boy’s mother informed the mall’s security and lodged a police report thereafter.

RASH ACT PUT ‘A LOT OF PEOPLE IN DANGER’

A medical report from the National University Hospital showed that the boy’s right forehead was swollen.

He also had “mild tenderness” at the back of his head.

Mr Lai said that while Neo’s e-scooter was compliant with existing regulations, his rash act had put a lot of people in danger.

District Judge May Mesenas agreed.

“I know you have a job to do, but you need to look out for people,” said the judge.

In his mitigation plea, Neo promised that he would not ride in a mall again.

Judge Mesenas ordered for a probation suitability report to be called and Neo is set to return to court on July 25.

The penalty for causing hurt to others through a rash act is a jail term of up to a year or a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.

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