Victim survives being dragged for 17m

Victim survives being dragged for 17m

He was knocked down by a van, trapped by its tyre and dragged for 17m.

Miraculously, Mr Lee Chin Teck, 59, survived the accident.

But his injuries were so serious that he is now unable to stand or walk for long periods.

Yesterday, the driver of the van, Low Nguang Kheng, 58, was fined $5,000 and banned from driving for 36 months for a negligent act that caused grievous hurt to Mr Lee, who was then an odd-job worker.

Court papers revealed that the accident took place at about 8.55am on Feb 22.

Shortly before the accident, Low had driven her company van out of the carpark of Block 341, Jurong East Avenue 1.

Court papers said she had checked for oncoming traffic on her right before making a left turn out of the carpark.

But she failed to keep a lookout on her left and did not notice Mr Lee, who was standing at the pavement on the left side of the road. She steered her vehicle to the left and knocked down Mr Lee.

Low heard a soft noise but thought it came from her vehicle and continued driving.

Unknown to her, Mr Lee was trapped by the vehicle's front left tyre and was dragged for 17m.

Low stopped her van only when she was alerted by a passer-by, who told her she had hit someone.

Court papers said traffic was light, the weather was fine and the road surface was dry at the time of the incident.

Mr Lee was sent to the National University Hospital's emergency department and was warded for about 1½ months.

He was found to have suffered skin and tendon loss on his right foot with the bone exposed, as well as burns on his right thigh and lower back.

He underwent various operations, including skin grafting for his right leg, and was discharged on April 9.

He was placed at the Villa Francis Home for the Aged before he went for a medical review a week later.

Due to his injuries, he cannot take on jobs that require him to stand or walk for long periods.

Low could have been jailed up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.

rloh@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Nov 27, 2014.
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