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Singapore teenager jailed, temporarily banned for reckless driving

Herman Shi Ximu was jailed six weeks and disqualified from driving for 18 months for causing a 66-year-old driver to suffer broken ribs after a collision. — Picture by Koh Mui Fong/TODAYHerman Shi Ximu was jailed six weeks and disqualified from driving for 18 months for causing a 66-year-old driver to suffer broken ribs after a collision. — Picture by Koh Mui Fong/TODAYSINGAPORE, Oct 18 — A full-time national serviceman (NSF) who was speeding near the Singapore Indoor Stadium last year, and caused a 66-year-old driver to suffer broken ribs after a collision, was jailed six weeks and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Herman Shi Ximu, 19, admitted to one count of causing grievous hurt to another motorist through a rash act earlier this month.

In sentencing him, District Judge May Mesenas said yesterday that a deterrent sentence must be imposed, to drive home the message that those guilty would “not be given a mere slap on the wrist”. This is especially so given the trend of younger drivers engaging in risky road behaviour such as speeding.

“Those who enjoy the thrill (of speeding) must expect to pay a heavy price,” she told the court.

On August 27 last year, Shi was driving a Nissan GTR (registered under his name) at an open-air car park along Stadium Walk at Kallang, where he was attending a motoring event.

At around 5.45pm, he accelerated rapidly from one end of the car park and drove through two junctions within the car park at close to 120km/h. The junctions did not have traffic lights.

At the second junction, he did not brake at the “stop” line and did not give way to a car driven by Teong Hien Sing, a contractor, who was coming from Shi’s left. Shi hit the right side of Teong’s Toyota Corolla, which had the right of way at the time of the incident.

Deputy public prosecutor Soh Weiqi told the court that after the accident, Teong felt pain in his neck and chest, and went to a hospital later that day.

Soh said: “Neck and chest X-rays revealed that he had a right fourth and fifth rib fracture. He was given analgesia (to relieve pain), 14 days’ medical leave, and a review appointment on September 5, 2016.”

Teong also sought treatment at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, where anI scan of his spine showed that he had sustained a large left chronic subdural haematoma, which is a collection of blood in between the brain and the layers around the brain.

He was admitted into Mount Elizabeth Hospital and underwent an operation to remove the haematoma.

A doctor at the hospital said that the haematoma was likely to have been caused by the accident.

Teong was discharged on Oct 25 last year, and given 32 days’ medical leave.

For causing grievous hurt by performing a rash act, Shi could have been jailed up to four years and fined up to S$10,000 (RM31,137.57). — TODAY

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