Woman, 69, fined and disqualified from driving after killing pedestrian
Woman, 69, mistakenly steps on accelerator, kills pedestrian in carpark
She was parking her car when she accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.
Her car shot forward and knocked down a 65-year-old pedestrian, killing her.
On Monday, Tan Peng Sim, 69, was fined $8,000 and disqualified from driving for eight years.
At about 8am on Aug 26 last year, Tan drove her son's Mazda 3 and dropped her grandson off at a nearby childcare centre, court papers said.
She then drove to Bukit Panjang Community Club before driving home.
She reached the open-space carpark near her home at Block 203, Petir Road, at about 10.50am and reverse-parked her car, before driving the car out again as it was not parked properly.
That was when she spotted Madam Leong Wai Eng, who was pushing a market trolley loaded with groceries, walking from the left to the right of the car.
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Tan wanted to allow Madam Leong, who was about 5.6m from the front of her car, to cross safely.
She wanted to step on the brake but mistakenly stepped on the accelerator instead.
Her car crashed into Madam Leong, who was flung backwards towards the car's rear.
The car then mounted the kerb and crashed through a railing before going partially down a slope.
Madam Leong was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic at about 11am.
The autopsy report showed she died from multiple injuries, including skull and rib fractures.
Court papers also said the car did not have any inherent mechanical defects that could have led to the accident.
On Monday, Tan pleaded guilty to one count of committing a negligent act that caused Madam Leong's death not amounting to culpable homicide.
She could have been jailed for up to two years.