Teen who crashed car at high speed pleads guilty

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Just four months after receiving his driving licence on March 31 last year, a full-time national serviceman was warned for speeding.

Five months later, Herman Shi Ximu drove a Nissan GTR - registered in the 19-year-old's name - in excess of 100kmh before slamming into a Toyota Corolla driven by contractor Teong Hien Sing, 66. Nissan GTRs are capable of clocking more than 300kmh, according to Nissan.

The teenager pleaded guilty yesterday to causing grievous hurt to Mr Teong by performing the rash act at surface Carpark 5 in Stadium Walk, in Kallang, on Aug 27 last year.

The accident left Mr Teong with broken ribs and bleeding in the brain.

Shi had been at a nearby motoring event shortly before the accident, the court heard.

At around 5.45pm, he stopped his car at one end of the carpark before rapidly accelerating. He then drove through a non-signalised junction at a high speed.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Soh Weiqi said: "At the second non-signalised junction within the carpark, the accused failed to stop at the stop line, and he did not give way to the victim, who was travelling from his left." She added that Mr Teong had the right of way.

According to a report from a Health Sciences Authority forensic scientist, Shi, who covered a distance of at least 72.2m, was driving at a speed of between 104kmh and 121kmh at that time.

Yesterday, DPP Soh urged District Judge May Mesenas to jail Shi for at least six weeks and disqualify him from driving for 1½ years. She also said that according to a doctor, Mr Teong's head injury was likely caused by the collision.

Shi, who was unrepresented, admitted he had made a mistake and that he had thought the carpark was empty.

He is now out on a bail of $10,000 and will be back in court on Oct 17.