A 44-year-old Indian permanent resident of Singapore was fined $ 2,258 and was banned from driving for six months in a traffic accident on June 4. According to Channel News Asia, a woman suffered a spinal fracture and a sprained knee after Baskar Sambantham failed to properly look out in a parking lot on the block of flats. He accidentally hit the woman, falling and seriously injuring her.
Sambantham reportedly pleaded guilty to charges of negligent harm to the pedestrian. However, he was fined Singapore dollars 3,000 and was banned from driving for six months. The court heard that Sambantham pulled out of a parking lot near Block 101 at 11 Tampines Street on April 3, 2019.
At the same time, the 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. But since it was raining, Sambantham did not see the woman as he turned right. His car came close to her and she then put out her hands to protect herself, but the car hit her thigh and she spun and fell to the ground.
Sambantham stopped the vehicle immediately and got out. The woman was then diagnosed with a spinal compression fracture and a knee sprain in a hospital. Her husband submitted the police report after receiving 46 days of hospitalization.
“Brief” driving ban would suffice: Richter
Under Singapore law, Sambantham could have been sentenced to up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $ 5,000 ($ 3,763) or both. However, prosecutors asked for a fine of at least $ 4,000 (3,010) and a ban on driving for at least a year. Sambantham’s attorney, however, asked for a $ 2,000 ($ 1,505) fine and a six-month driving ban.
The defender is said to have rained heavily at the time of the accident and the 44-year-old was driving 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 Sambantham’s speed at the time.
After hearing both sides, the judge said that a “brief” driving ban would be enough to remind the 44-year-old to be more careful. He also noted that Sambantham had provided immediate assistance at the scene. The court heard that the victim’s medical bills were paid by her insurer and employer.