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Bedok e-scooter accident: injured woman, 65, dies in hospital

SINGAPORE: An elderly cyclist who was seriously injured in an accident involving an electric scooter last week died in hospital on Wednesday (September 25).

The 65-year-old woman was unconscious when she was taken to Changi General Hospital following the incident near Block 539 Bedok North Street 3 on September 21, police said in a statement.

The e-scooter rider, a 20-year-old man, was conscious when taken to hospital. He was later arrested.

"Police are investigating the death case by hasty act," the statement said.

An eyewitness living nearby had told the CNA that he saw a scooter rider "humming" while on his way home.

"What I saw was the driver definitely traveling more than 40 km / h; he passed me while I was on my way home," said the CNA reader, who did not want to be identified.

"After that, I heard a loud noise – I turned to see (the accident involving) the aunt."

The elderly woman was his mother's friend, he added.

The incident comes amid the introduction of measures to minimize the impact of personal mobility devices (PMDs) on public safety.

Last year, a panel made a list of recommendations that were accepted by the government, which included a 10 km speed limit for the use of PMDs or bikes on the trails.

This is to allow cyclists and pedestrians enough time to react to each other in unforeseen circumstances, the Transport Ministry said.

Earlier this week, an incentive scheme was launched for owners of electronic scooters who agree to discard their existing PMDs that do not meet the new fire safety standards.

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