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Bus Driver Denies Guilt in Pasir Ris Accident, but First Aid Remains Crucial in Emergency Situations

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

A 61-year-old bus driver pleaded not guilty in court after being charged with causing grievous hurt to a 33-year-old woman in a traffic accident that occurred on January 19, 2021.


Tan Phuay Khoo was driving an SBS Transit bus when he collided with a pedestrian at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 1 and Pasir Ris Street 11. The victim sustained serious injuries, including the amputation of her left leg, and had to undergo two surgeries while being hospitalized for four months.



During the trial, a senior consultant at Changi General Hospital testified that the victim suffered cuts on her forehead, lacerations to her left foot, and fractures to her legs and spine.

She also required a prosthesis on her left leg, and besides the permanent disability, she is also suffering from mental trauma.

If convicted, Tan may be fined up to S$5,000, jailed for up to two years, or both, and faces a disqualification of no less than five years.


Accidents like this can happen anytime and anywhere. That's why it's important to have basic first aid knowledge that can save lives in critical situations. Here are some first aid tips that can be helpful in such situations:

  1. Call for emergency medical assistance immediately.

  2. Keep the injured person still and reassure them that help is on the way.

  3. Check for breathing and provide CPR if necessary.

  4. Control any bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.

  5. Keep the person warm and dry until medical assistance arrives.

It's also important to raise awareness about road safety.

Always remember to follow traffic rules and regulations, and never drive recklessly. Pedestrians should also be careful when crossing the road and stay alert to their surroundings.

Being gracious towards one another on the road can also prevent accidents and make the journey safer for everyone.

Accidents can be life-changing, and it's important to take precautions to prevent them from happening.

Knowing basic first aid, following road safety rules, and being gracious towards one another can make a significant difference in reducing the number of accidents on the road.




References:
"Bus driver pleads not guilty to causing serious injury to woman, who had leg amputated." The Straits Times, 5 Apr. 2023, https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/bus-driver-pleads-not-guilty-to-causing-serious-injury-to-woman-who-had-leg. Accessed 5 Apr. 2023.
"Bus driver pleads not guilty to causing serious injury to woman after accident in Pasir Ris." Mothership.sg, 5 Apr. 2023, https://mothership.sg/2023/04/bus-driver-pleads-not-guilty/. Accessed 5 Apr. 2023.

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