One-month ban for cabby who crushed girl's foot

One-month ban for cabby who crushed girl's foot

SINGAPORE - A cabby who ran over a 15-year-old girl's foot but repeatedly denied responsibility was given a one-month driving ban on Friday.

Chong Chin Fatt, 56, was turning left at a junction when his taxi crushed the teenage pedestrian's toes, fracturing two of them.

Instead of owning up to it, he claimed she had hurt herself while playing with a skateboard.

Chong was later fined the maximum $1,000, but spared a driving ban.

However, the prosecution appealed for him to be disqualified, arguing that his behaviour was irresponsible, inconsiderate and callous.

On Friday, a High Court judge agreed, saying the cabby had failed to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians and aggravated the offence by denying it was his fault.

Justice Tay Yong Kwang said he would have taken a different view had Chong admitted running over the girl's foot and apologised. But the taxi driver "persisted in brazenly denying responsibility", even after being convicted.

The girl, who cannot be named as she is a minor, spent 10 days in hospital after the accident, which happened in February 2011 as Chong was driving along Woodlands Avenue 4.

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