70-year-old woman hit by motorised bicycle on pedestrian walkway

70-year-old woman hit by motorised bicycle on pedestrian walkway

Be tougher on errant motorised bicycle riders.

That call came from an angry daughter after her mother, 70, was badly hurt when one of these motorised bicycles crashed into her on April 18.

The woman, who wanted to be known only as Madam Heng, has fractures on her face and bruises and abrasions on her forehead and limbs. Her left thumb ligament is also torn.

Her daughter, housewife Eileen Lee, 45, said enforcement should be stepped up to prevent such errant cyclists from hurting others.

"Everyone knows the potential danger of motorised bicycles. It's a matter of time before something similar happens again," she told The New Paper.

As motorised bicycles grow in popularity - there are 11,600 such bikes now - the Land Transport Authority is holding a consultation exercise to look into the rules on such devices.

Describing Madam Heng's version of events, Ms Lee said her mother was on her way to buy groceries when she was knocked down at a walkway next to Block 120, Paya Lebar Way.

"My mum was walking on a pedestrian walkway when she was hit. The rider did not really extend any help. He just asked my mum if she was okay and left when she said she was.

"But my mum was sitting on a floor and couldn't get up. Her forehead was already bleeding," said Ms Lee.

Madam Heng was later helped up by an old man who saw what happened. She still limped to the market as her husband was waiting for her there.

It was Ms Lee's brother who rushed Madam Heng to the hospital when he realised she was seriously injured.

"My father called my brother the moment he saw my mum bleeding," said Ms Lee, who added that she does not live near her parents. A medical check up at the hospital revealed that Madam Heng's injuries went beyond superficial wounds.

The accident had cracked her facial bone and eye socket.

"The doctor said the bone is no longer intact and won't be able to support her facial muscles," Ms Lee said.

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