Cycling accident victim, 24-year-old Chia Wee Kiak has died in the Singapore General Hospital intensive care unit, according to online media reports. He had sustained severe head injuries at Sunday’s OCBC Cycle race. These included a fractured skull and blood clots on his brain.
After the accident, Wei Kiak had undergone 13 hours of surgery – consisting of two major operations.
Wee Kiak’s first OCBC Cycle Singapore event
This had been the avid cyclist’s first OCBC Cycle event and the full-time national serviceman had been taking part in the 59km Super Challenge category.
But about 15 to 20 minutes into his ride, the accident had occurred when Wee Kiak was believed to have lost control of his bike and fell, while cycling on a downslope near the Tanjong Rhu area. He had been reportedly cycling alone at the time.
Wee Kiak, an avid cyclist, had taken up the sport more than three years ago and was very passionate about cycling. Often, he would take his bike out for a ride and explore the various nooks and crannies of Singapore.
He had been raring to ride his Polygon Helios 300 bike – at the OCBC Cycle race. Cycling was more than a pastime for this avid rider.
Calling for Witnesses
Investigations are still taking place on exactly what events had transpired that fateful morning.
If you had witnessed the incident and would like to provide vital information that will aid with the investigations, please call his cousins, Angel Soo @97233063 or Kelvin Tan @ 91141286.
By understanding what had happened to him, this would help to give the family some closure. If you do know something, please contact his cousins.
Here are safety precautions to take – to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
Control your speed carefully on a downslope
For novice cyclists, it is important to stay in control of your speed on a downhill slope – especially a steep one.
New cyclists tend to let themselves go too fast because they want to experience the adrenaline rush. But this is a major cause of accidents on downslopes.
Do not panic when going downslope
Some cyclists may panic when going downslope because of the sudden increase in speed.
So they jam the brakes hard and may fall over, leading to accidents.
Do not stop suddenly without warning
Cyclists may go too fast – especially during races. And if you brake, you may cause accidents.
So if you need to stop, always make sure that you pull over to the side first.
Glance behind you before you overtake
When cycling in a mass event, it is important to look behind before you overtake – to indirectly avoid crashing into oncoming cyclists.
And make sure that you only overtake on the right hand side of the cycling lane.
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