Caught on video: Old man hurls himself onto oncoming car in Tampines 'accident'

Caught on video: Old man hurls himself onto oncoming car in Tampines 'accident'
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SINGAPORE - An elderly man who allegedly threw himself onto an oncoming car in Singapore last week is being treated at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Lianhe Wanbao reported on Sunday (April 17).

According to the Chinese daily, the incident took place last Wednesday (April 13) at the industrial area near Tampines Street 93.

Dashboard camera footage showed the elderly man apparently hurling himself on a car moving in his direction.

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The driver of the car subsequently stopped and the man fell to the ground, while a woman rushed to help him. Two other men ran up to the scene of the incident shortly after.

The woman and two men are believed to be relatives of the old man.

Footage of the incident, which happened at 5.52pm, was subsquently shared on Facebook.

The driver, who had heard of incidents in China where conmen threw themselves at cars on purpose, decided to make a police report.

Lianhe Wanbao reported that the elderly man is believed to be mentally ill.

In another incident on April 8 last year, an elderly man also threw himself onto the bonnet of a car along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6.

In this case, the driver saw the man trying to jaywalk across the road, and had slowed down to let him pass.

However, according to Stomp, the old man "suddenly jumped" on the bonnet of the driver's car as if he had been knocked down. 

The driver drove away "as he did not want to hold up traffic", but not before noting that the man looked like he was about to repeat his "stunt" on another vehicle.

prabukm@sph.com.sg

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