Mother appeals to a cyclist who knocked down her son

14th Jan 2016 | NEWS

A mother had appealed for help to locate and find the cyclist who knocked down her three-year old son at a park connector on Sunday morning.

Housewife Kaslyn Tan’s Facebook post went viral and garnered more than 10000 shares since it was uploaded on the same day.

The boy is needed to to be taken by an ambulance to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital for treatment of his injuries including bruises, loose teeth and a cut on his chin that requires stitches, stated Ms. Tan, 25.

The incident took place on a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists along the Serangoon Park Connector at around 11:15am. Police said that a report had been lodged over the incident and they are already investigating.

Ms. Tan, who questioned in her post the need for the cyclist to ride at such “lightning speed”, said that the cyclist had dismounted from the bike and apologized to her husband, air force engineer Lin Jian Xiong.

Mr Lin, 32, was alone that time with their son, Kyle.

He had told to one of the leading Singapore online news portal that they had just finished their jog and were already heading for their breakfast. Kyle, who had been walking 2 meters ahead of him when he saw a nearby fitness corner and abruptly change direction to cut across the path. The cyclist, who was approaching at that moment from the opposite direction, noticed Kyle only at the moment and attempted to swerve to his left to avoid collision.

“His bike’s right handle connected with my son’s lip. Kyle lost a tooth from the crash and he was covered in blood,” said Mr Lin, who estimated that the cyclist had been travelling at 30kmh to 40kmh before he shouted at him to stop.

“He (the cyclist) later told me that his feet were clipped to the bike’s pedals and he had no brakes, when I asked why he did not stop.”

According to Ms Lin, the cyclist initially gave her husband $10 for medical expenses but later offered another $20. The cyclist also leave without living his number.

“I was still in shock from the accident and was focused on stopping Kyle’s bleeding, so I forgot to ask for his contact details,” Mr Lin explained . He took Kyle home to his wife before they decided to call 995 for an ambulance as they were told that a non-emergency ambulance would take too long to arrive.

Ms Tan’s post also contained a plea for help to locate the cyclist who knocked down her son so that the family could have a “peaceful closure”.

Ms Tan described the cyclist as a 1.65m-tall man who appeared to be in his 40s. He was clad in cycling gear and said he lived in Pasir Ris, she added.

In subsequent updates on the same post, she also spoke about her son’s condition after treatment from the hospital, and thanked the National Parks Board (NParks) and Singapore Police Force for their help.

Her son was unable to eat, sleep or talk properly due to the pain and swelling. An X-ray found no bone damage, but he is needed to return to the hospital for check- ups and to remove his stitches, she added.

A dentist’s attention is also needed to check his shaky caused by the collision.

Mr Lin and his wife stressed that their aim was not to blame or denounce the cyclist. “We want to raise awareness of this incident to the public and urge everyone – not just cyclists – to use the paths responsibly. It could happen to anyone,” he said.

Ms Tan said she received a call from NParks yesterday morning assuring her that it would be working closely with the police and the Ministry of Transport to enhance safety on foot and cycling paths at park connectors.

In a statement, NParks director of parks Chia Seng Jiang said it had contacted Ms Tan and was closely working with the police to identify the cyclist.

As the park connector network caters to different recreational activities, Mr Chia advised all the users to keep to the left of the shared track while reminding cyclists to keep a lookout for pedestrians.

“NParks has also been working with the cycling community to promote responsible cycling through regular workshops and bike clinics,” he added.