By PTI

SINGAPORE: An Indian resident of Singapore permanently was fined $ 2,258 and a six-month driving ban on Friday for causing a traffic accident in which a woman suffered a spinal fracture and a sprained knee.

Baskar Sambantham, 44, pleaded guilty to serious injury to the pedestrian through negligence, Channel News Asia reported.

He was sentenced to a fine of 3,000 Singapore dollars (2,258) and a six-month driving ban for not properly paying attention to a parking lot in an apartment block and wiping the woman aside, causing her to fall and fracture her spine pulled a sprained knee.

Baskar would have caused serious injury through negligence and could have been punished with a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up to $ 5,000 (US $ 3,763), or both.

The court heard that Baskar pulled out of a parking lot near Block 101 at 11 Tampines Street on April 3, 2019.

At the same time, the victim, a 58-year-old woman, was on her way to work at a bus stop. She intended to cross the parking lot to reach the bus stop. It was raining and Baskar didn’t notice the woman as he turned right.

His car came close to her and she put out her hands to protect herself, but the car hit her thigh and she spun and fell to the ground. Baskar stopped his vehicle and got out.

The woman was diagnosed with a spinal compression fracture and a knee sprain in a hospital and received 46 days of hospitalization. Her husband filed a complaint with the police.

Prosecutors requested a fine of at least $ 4,000 (3,010) and a ban on driving for at least a year. Baskar’s attorney instead asked for a $ 2,000 ($ 1,505) fine and a six-month driving ban.

The defender said it was raining heavily at the time of the accident and Baskar was traveling slowly at a speed of around 10 km / h. Despite the heavy rain, the victim did not walk on the protected path, but crossed the street in the parking lot.

The prosecutor replied that there was no evidence of Baskar’s speed at the time. The judge said a “brief” driving ban would be enough to remind Baskar to be more careful. He also noted that Baskar had provided immediate assistance at the scene. The victim’s medical bills were paid by her insurance company and employer, the court said.