61-year-old SBS Transit bus driver Tan Phuay Khoo was previously charged for an accident that took place back on 19 January 2021 along Pasir Ris that saw a 33-year-old woman knocked down and sustaining serious injuries, resulting in her left leg being amputated.
He pleaded not guilty in court to a charge under the Road Traffic Act for causing grievous hurt by driving without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road.
He was allegedly driving an SBS bus along Pasir Ris Drive 2 and making a right turn to Pasir Ris Drive 1 when he collided with the victim, with the accident purportedly tearing off the skin on her left leg.
Shin Min Daily News reported that the victim went through 2 surgeries after the accident and was hospitalised for about 4 months.
Tan is being accused of failing to keep a proper lookout when making a discretionary right turn while the traffic light was flashing green without any right turn arrow.
The accident took place on 19 January 2021 at about 11.56 am, at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 1 and Pasir Ris Street 11.
Photos circulated online on social media and Whatsapp, detailing the graphic injuries of the victim who was seen lying on the ground with her legs bent and bleeding nonstop.
The trial started on 4 April with the doctor who was in charge of the victim’s rehabilitation being called to the stand by the prosecution.
The doctor, who works at Changi General Hospital as a senior consultant, testified in court that the woman was seriously injured in the accident and suffered lacerations to her forehead and left foot and fractures to her spine and legs.
They tried to save her light thigh by amputating her leg below her left knee but later discovered that they’re was insufficient blood supply to the left thigh, and subsequently removed her left thigh in a second surgery.
The victim currently requires a prosthetic leg and is also suffering from mental trauma aside from her permanent disability.
If Tan is convicted, he faces a fine of up to $5,000 and/or an imprisonment term of up to 2 years, as well as a disqualification from driving for 5 years.