An elderly woman was killed after a taxi reversed into her at high speed at a carpark in Bedok North Street 2 on Wednesday (March 30).
Madam Poh Ah Gin was collecting cardboard behind a coffeeshop at Block 123. Madam Poh was single and lived alone. She was pronounced dead by paramedics on scene. She was 78-year-old.
A 64-year-old taxi driver lost control of his Hyundai Sonata. The cab mounted the kerb and crashed into her twice. Police said that the driver has been arrested for causing death by a negligent act.
An eyewitness said that he ran towards the taxi after he heard a deafening screech followed by a crash.
“I shouted at the taxi driver to stop, because I realised he had hit the woman. But his car continued to lunge back and forth, and he hit her again. She had collapsed onto the ground by then,” the 35-year-old said.
The taxi driver’s 27-year-old son, who wanted to be known only as Sam, said that his father was ending his shift and had been trying to park his car, when it suddenly surged backwards and hit the old woman.
He said: “My father is in a state of shock now. He doesn’t know how it happened and he could only tell me that there was a problem with the car.”