M-Cyclist Injured in Crash Partly to Blame

M-Cyclist Injured in Crash Partly to Blame

The Straits Times, Saturday, August 4, 2001

A motorcyclist who lost his right leg after a collision with another bike rider has to share part of the blame for the accident, the High Court ruled yesterday.

Former SBS driver Choo Thian Phing had sued the other rider, Mr. Sabtu Samari, a mover, for travelling too fast and crashing into him on April 10 last year.

The bus driver was on his way to run an errand for his friend on his motorcycle when the accident happened.

Mr. Sabtu, 27, represented by lawyer Roger Yek, said that he could not avoid the collision because Mr. Choo had cut into his path suddenly.

Justice S. Rajendran ruled that Mr. Choo was 30 per cent responsible for the accident and Mr. Sabtu 70 per cent.

Actual damages will be assessed at a later date.

The now jobless Mr. Choo said that he was filtering slowly from the left to the right along Boon Lay Way at 5:30pm on the day of the accident, as he wanted to turn right at a junction to go to Jurong East.

Mr. Sabtu, he added, in court documents filed by his lawyer, Mr. Singa Retnam, collided with the back of his vehicle.

The impact flung Mr. Choo off his motorcycle.

He was warded at the National University Hospital for 11 days for serious injuries on his right leg, which later had to be amputated from below the knee.

He now has an artificial leg.