Police have arrested the suspects who are believed to be behind 2 separate hit and run accidents that took place over the past weeks – one took place on 31st July at Jurong Town Hall Road and the other on Tuesday morning at Simei Road.

The 30-year-old driver responsible for the Simei pile up, which involved 8 vehicles along Simei Avenue next to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College East was arrested in the vicinity of the National University Hospital. He had fled the scene on foot after causing the accident.

The accident occurred at 9.15am and resulted in injuries to one passenger who had to be sent to hospital. Police said the accident “occurred when the driver of a silver saloon car failed to exercise proper control of his vehicle”.

His driving licence will be suspended and investigations are ongoing, said the police.

Also on Tuesday, the police arrested a 29-year-old man who caused a collision along Jurong Town Hall Road 2 weeks ago. The man had allegedly been driving a white multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) when it collided with a motorcyclist, causing him to be flung onto the road. The MPV then crashed into the rear of another car, causing it to jerk forward, hitting the rear of a van.

The motorcylist had to be taken to hospital.

“It was established subsequently that the MPV that caused the accident was affixed with a false number plate,” said the police.

The Traffic Police managed to identify the driver and arrested him in the vicinity of Hougang Street 21 for both traffic and drug offences, in a joint operation with the Central Narcotics Bureau.

Under the law, motorists involved in an accident where anyone is injured have to stop and render necessary assistance.

Insurers have urged more motorists to install in-vehicle cameras to protect themselves in hit-and-run cases. The General Insurance Association of Singapore said the videos will allow culprits to be identified, in a bid to get them to pay for the damages. If the vehicle owner is not present at the scene, the motorist should take reasonable steps to inform the owner of the accident, such as by leaving a note on the windscreen of the damaged vehicle.

Unless the motorist is able to establish contact with the vehicle owner, the motorist should lodge a police report as soon as it is practical to do so and within 24 hours.

The penalty for hit-and-run accidents is a fine of up to $3,000 or up to 12 months’ jail. Repeat offenders face a fine of up to $5,000 or up to two years’ jail.

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