Jogger posts video of hit-and-run involving taxi

Jogger posts video of hit-and-run involving taxi
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UPDATE: The woman who was run over by a TransCab taxi received a call from the transport company yesterday (Jul 8), informing her that they had identified the taxi driver in the incident.

"I was told that he was very apologetic but when the accident happened, he didn't know that he'd hit someone. It was only after he realised that his side mirror was flipped that he thought maybe he had hit something (or) someone and he drove back to see what (or) who he'd hit," Ms Elise Tay wrote in an update on her Facebook page.

However, she added that she was not fully convinced by the explanation, as the sound from the impact had been loud and that she had been in his line of vision when the taxi crashed into her.

Ms Tay said that she would pass the details and the original video clip to the traffic police, and would be seeking compensation from TransCab.

The company also told Channel NewsAsia that it "will not hesitate" to terminate the services of the driver, should he be found to be in the wrong.


 A woman suffered minor injuries after a taxi ran into her while she was jogging in Bukit Merah on Monday night (July 6).

The incident occurred at the Kampong Bahru Junction along Jalan Bukit Merah.

The woman, Ms Elise Tay, posted a video on Facebook of the incident that was recorded on the car dashboard camera of a motorist who was at the junction.

In the 17-second clip, the woman can be seen jogging across the road at a pedestrian crossing. While she was crossing the road, a TransCab taxi suddenly turned right at the junction and ran into her before driving off.

"The green man was on and the red hunchback [sic] Trans Cab ran me over somehow," she wrote on Facebook. She added that the taxi did not stop or attempt to slow down.

Ms Tay suffered a mild concussion and a bruised rib from the incident. She was kept overnight in hospital before she was discharged on Tuesday morning, The New Paper reported.

She thanked a man and a lady who had offered assistance to her.

"I'm just thankful that I was paying a little attention and wasn't running faster than I was," she wrote.

Although the incident was captured on camera, the taxi's license plate was not visible. Ms Tay appealed for witnesses to contact her.

Since it was uploaded on Facebook on Tuesday, the video has been viewed over 214,000 times.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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