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Investigation Underway After Car Knocks Down 3-year Old At Depot Road

Last Saturday evening (Oct. 5), a 3-year old toddler was run down by an oncoming car after dashing out into the street between Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple and Qi Tian Tian Temple.

A minute-long video of the accident was captured by the dashboard camera of a car and uploaded to the District Singapore Facebook page. It has since gathered more than 58,000 views and 520 comments.

In the video, a woman is seen walking along the pavement outside of Sri Ruthra Kaliamman Temple with her son when he suddenly runs towards Depot Walk beside the temple, a two-lane road which leads from Depot Road.

The boy runs behind a parked car in the first lane and the woman tries to chase after him. As the boy runs into the road’s second lane, an oncoming car hits him and knocks the boy off his feet. The car moves forward and the boy disappears under the vehicle.

The woman screams in shock before rushing over to the boy after the car moves away. The boy tries to get up by himself and it is not certain if he was seriously injured or not.

According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, the chairman of the temple, Alagappan, confirmed that the boy is conscious and in stable condition.

He believes that the driver of the car that hit the boy might not have seen him dashing across the road before it was too late because the motorist’s view was blocked by the parked car.

Parking is not allowed on either side of Depot Walk, which has a single white line running down the middle of the road.

Alagappan said that the temple has tried to put up “no parking” signs to remind people not to park along Depot Walk but the illegal parking issue still persists.

He said the temple is now planning to raise the matter with the area’s MP to try to find a way to prevent another similar accident from happening.

“We were very relieved to hear that the boy is okay and his parents have said we can visit him in the hospital in a few days,” said Alagappan.

Mr Lim Hng Kiang, an MP for West Coast GRC, within which Depot Walk falls, said in response to queries from The Straits Times on Tuesday: “(The West Coast town council) will work with the Land Transport Authority and Traffic Police to assess the situation and find a solution.”

Source: The Straits Times

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