Independent expert to reconstruct accident

Independent expert to reconstruct accident

SINGAPORE - An independent expert will be called on to reconstruct the traffic accident that ignited the Little India riot on Dec 8.

This is because the police want to take "special care" in arriving at their findings since the accident sparked the riot, said Police Commissioner Ng Joo Hee at a media briefing on Tuesday.

He added that the accident is "still being actively investigated" and the police have gained good information.

The accident occurred when scaffolding company worker Sakthivel Kumaravelu, 33, fell onto the path of the rear tyre of a bus and was run over.

He was apparently drunk, and trying to catch up with the bus after he was asked to disembark.

Mr Ng said the police are "in the process of securing the services of an independent expert on accident reconstruction to analyse the information that we have and to provide us with an additional opinion".

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