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Ambulance taking teen to hospital collides with van on PIE.

Teen's brother says: He had 2 injuries, now he has more

DAMAGE: The ambulance (above) collided into the white van.
MORE INJURIES: Timothy suffered chest trauma from the impact of the heart rate monitor hitting him.
DAMAGE: The ambulance collided into the white van (above).

The feverish teen's heart was already pounding as he lay in the ambulance.

But before he could get medical attention at the hospital, the ambulance was involved in a collision with a van on the Pan Island Expressway (PIE).

The crash caused a heart monitor to fall and hit his chest, adding breathing difficulties and chest pains to his symptoms.

The 14-year-old, who wanted to be known only as Timothy, was en route to KK Women's And Children's Hospital (KKH) on Sunday morning for an abnormally fast heart rate and a temperature of 39.8 deg C.

The accident occurred in the middle of three lanes at about 1am.

In heavy rain, the ambulance collided with a van that had allegedly braked suddenly on the Paya Lebar Flyover.

Timothy's 26-year-old brother, who wanted to be known only as Kevin, told The New Paper: "When he felt like he was being flung forward, he grabbed onto the wire of the heart rate monitor mounted on a shelf in the ambulance and it fell on him."

Mr Kevin, who was with Timothy and a paramedic in the back of the ambulance, said he was more shocked with the collision than the monitor falling on his brother.

When Timothy complained of how much his chest hurt, Mr Kevin said he "felt pain for him".

"We put him in the ambulance with two injuries but now he had more," he added.

DIZZINESS

Timothy complained of dizziness and vomited at 11.30pm after a jog with his friends at Bedok Reservoir Park. They had been preparing for a running event the following day.

Worried, Timothy's family called the Singapore Ambulance Association (SAA) and paramedics arrived at 11.40pm to take him to hospital.

On the PIE, a white van ahead of the ambulance was in the middle lane.

Mr Kevin recounted: "Suddenly, the van braked. The ambulance driver told us to hold on tight as he was forced to brake as well."

The ambulance collided with the van.

Mr Kevin had some bruises as a result of the collision.

The van had also collided with the right side of a black car shortly before it braked, said the driver of the car, Mr Javier Low, 20.

His girlfriend was in the car with him at the time of the accident.

The couple did not suffer any injuries.

Mr Low said the van had slowed down after it drove over a puddle, allowing his car to catch up before the collision.

The car had dents and scratches.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted about the accident at 1am on Sunday and dispatched two ambulances to the scene.

The van driver was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Timothy was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at KKH.

Doctors said he suffered chest trauma from the impact of the heart rate monitor falling on him, said Mr Kevin.

But he added: "Timothy is better now, so I am relieved."

The teen was moved to a normal ward yesterday.

Mr Kevin is heartened by the help rendered by the SAA medical personnel. "They probably suffered bruises like me, but they still attended to my brother," he said.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Elderly woman jailed for hitting maid

Myanmar maid suffered swollen lips and shaky upper front tooth

A medium, Ow Siew Hoe, lured a woman to his Bukit Batok home and raped her. He pleaded guilty in court on March 22.

Three days into her job, her employer's mother wanted her sent back to the maid agency.

The next day, the maid knelt in front of the elderly woman to apologise for any mistakes she had made.

Instead of graciously accepting her apology, Chinese national Li Guizhen kneed Myanmar maid Nwe Ni Hlaing, 30, in the chin.

For that unprovoked attack, Li, 64, was jailed a week yesterday.

She was on a long-term visit pass which allowed her to make multiple trips to Singapore to visit her daughter's family at Block 274C, Jurong West Street 25, when she committed the offence.

On June 30, 2014, Ms Hlaing overheard Li telling her daughter to send the maid back to the agency.

Li's daughter, who was Ms Hlaing's employer, told Ms Hlaing she would be sent back the next day.

On July 1, before leaving for the agency, Ms Hlaing knelt before Li to apologise for any mistakes she had made while working with the household.

Li swung her knee and hit the maid's chin, causing her mouth to snap shut.

The maid later reported the assault to the maid agency and was taken to the National University Hospital Dental Centre two days later with swollen lips and a shaky upper front tooth.

In court, Li was seen sobbing before being sentenced.

UNPROVOKED

Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Koh said the assault was unprovoked and Ms Hlaing had little chance to react or defend herself.

But Li's lawyer, Mr Leon Koh, told the court that the incident was a result of miscommunication and cultural barriers, and that Li had acted impulsively.In response, DPP Koh said: "Regardless of miscommunication issues, the fact the victim was kneeling in front of the accused at the time of the offence (meant she was), therefore, in a physically vulnerable position."

The court heard Li compensated Ms Hlaing $6,000 to cover her loss of income and surgery required for injuries.

Li pleaded guilty to voluntarily causing hurt.

Two other charges - committing a rash act by hitting Ms Hlaing on the mouth and using criminal force by poking her on the cheek - were taken into consideration.

For voluntarily causing hurt to a maid, Li could have been jailed up to three years and fined up to $7,500.

Motorcyclist in crash still can't accept girlfriend's death

Man mourns girlfriend who died after their motorcycle was hit by car driven by teen without a driving licence

INJURED: Mr Lim suffered a fractured spine and broken right leg and ankle.
INJURED: Mr Lim suffered a fractured spine and broken right leg and ankle.
DEAD: Madam Lau Lee Kiau (left ) died in the accident on Saturday morning. Her ex-husband (right) will now take care of their two children.

The 56-year-old plumber would take his girlfriend to work on his motorcycle every morning.

But tragedy struck last Saturday when their motorcycle was hit by a car.

When Mr Lim regained consciousness, he was already in an ambulance.

He was still dazed and in pain, but he was worried about the condition of his girlfriend, 46-year-old factory supervisor Lau Lee Kiau.

Mr Lim asked about her condition and was initially told by the paramedics that his girlfriend was getting resuscitated.

But he was hit with the bad news when he reached Tan Tock Seng Hospital - a police officer told him that Madam Lau had died.

Mr Lim cried several times as he recalled the accident, saying he had not come to terms with her death.

He told Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao yesterday: "Why did the car hit us from behind?

"We were both in the accident. Why didn't she take me with her?"

The accident happened at about 8am at the junction of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 and Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2 towards Upper Thomson Road.

The details of the accident, which also involved a taxi, are unclear.

CONSCIOUS

Besides Mr Lim, a 51 year-old-man was also taken conscious to the same hospital.

The 17-year-old car driver, who did not have a driving licence, fled the scene after the accident. He was later arrested for causing death by a rash act.

Mr Lim said he and Madam Lau would take the same route every day. The accident took place less than 1km from her workplace.

"We were only two traffic lights away from her workplace," added Mr Lim.

Mr Lim was also badly injured by the accident. His spine was fractured in two places and he broke his right leg and ankle.

He went through surgery yesterday afternoon and is concerned that he would not be able to recover fully because his job requires him to lift heavy items.

Mr Lim said: "I will just deal with matters one step at a time.

"She is dead, I don't know what else I can do."

When The New Paper visited Mr Lim last night, his right leg was in a cast. He was recovering in a general ward and still groggy after a four-hour operation.

TNP reported yesterday that Madam Lau was a divorcee who held down three jobs to raise her 17-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

Her ex-husband told Lianhe Wanbao that he would move in with his children to take care of them.

The 50-year-old cabby said that they drifted apart after the divorce.

"I will try to convince my daughter to live together as a family after the funeral," he added.

"The kids are still young, I promised my ex-wife that I'd take care of them and I will."

He also expressed regrets that he was not able to see his ex-wife for the last time.

Trying to control his tears, he said: "I can't accept that she's dead. We can't forgive the driver."

The penalty for causing death by a rash act is up to five years' jail, or a fine, or both.

I will just deal with matters one step at a time. She is dead, I don't know what else I can do.

- Mr Lim on his girlfriend, Madam Lau Lee Kiau

Sorry I hit the dog, says man accused of abuse

Video of dog rescuer punching, kicking husky causes outrage online.

He has been called names and described as mentally unbalanced. Someone even said he was "worse than a beast".

From an active dog fosterer and rescuer, Mr Alan Chiam became notorious after a video of him raining blows on a leashed husky went viral yesterday morning.

The two clips, uploaded by Facebook user Maimunah Mohadi, show a man at the back of a house with three dogs. One of them is a black-and-white husky on a leash.

Mr Chiam is seen punching the husky's head, before lifting it up briefly by its neck, as it dangles in mid-air.

In between chastising the husky, he kicks the dog twice.

CAUGHT: In a video posted on Facebook, a man is seen kicking a black-and-white husky on a leash (above), before lifting it by its neck. PHOTOS: STOMP

Since the clips were uploaded yesterday, they have been shared more than 10,200 times. One video had over 400,000 views, while the other clocked over 225,000 views.

Initially reticent about the incident, all Mr Chiam would then tell The New Paper was: "My conscience is clear."

Later last night, the man, who is in his early 40s, changed his tune.

Apologising for the "seemingly harsh actions", he clarified that he made sure to control his strength so that the husky was not hurt.

That morning, the husky had a fight with a golden retriever after their routine morning walk near Mr Chiam's house in Jalan Loyang Besar.

CAUGHT: In a video posted on Facebook, a man is seen kicking a black-and-white husky on a leash, before lifting it by its neck (above). PHOTOS: STOMP

When Mr Chiam's helper tried to stop them from biting each other, the husky started growling, and attempted to charge and attack the woman, he added.

SCREAMS

Mr Chiam found out what had happened only when he heard his helper's screams.

"I started off with pouring ice cold water on the husky in an attempt to divert his attention to stop the fight but to no avail.

"Then I started to separate the fight using the wheelbarrow method from the back," he said.

The wheelbarrow method refers to lifting a dog's back paws up like a wheelbarrow, and moving it away from the other dog. This helps to separate dogs in a fight.

It stopped the fight but the husky continued growling at both the golden retriever and the helper, and showed signs of wanting to charge at her, said Mr Chiam.

Admitting that he is not a certified dog trainer, Mr Chiam then explained his actions caught on camera: "In a moment of anxiety, I then resorted to such an action."

Adding that he has been helping to foster dogs with health problems and behavioural issues, he said: "As all dog rescuers or dog owners know, time is needed for dogs to adapt in a new environment.

"During this time, new behavioural issues will surface. Unfortunately, in this case, this applies to the husky."

Netizens' views were mixed over Mr Chiam's explanation for his actions.

One Facebook user, Sara Jean Fisher, wrote: "Shocked that it was you. No excuses for such behaviour!!!"

Mark Cheong wrote: "Even after explaining there will still be some who have different view of what happened.

"Unless it really happens to them, I guess. It take a great man to admit his mistake and I hope no one bothers his family members over this issues."

Others, like Mabel Chong, thought he was just making excuses.

Dr Jaipal Singh Gill, the acting executive director for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (SPCA), said the husky is now under SPCA's care, and has been sent for a thorough physical examination and X-rays.

"The SPCA condemns this blatant act of animal abuse and will work closely with the authorities for stern action to be taken against the perpetrator."

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore said it is investigating.

Mr Chiam said his family has been harassed since the videos went viral.

He has since filed a police report to protect his distressed family members from further harassment.

Mr Chiam appealed to the public: "Please leave my family members out of this matter. Thank you."

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