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Car crashes birthday parties

ANOTHER CRASH: Most diners managed to scramble out of the car's path, said a coffee-shop employee. The driver, who looked to be in his late 20s, seemed drowsy even when police arrived.


    Sep 12, 2014

    Car crashes birthday parties

    A BLUE Suzuki Swift crashed into a crowded coffee shop in Geylang on Wednesday evening, injuring a diner and disrupting two birthday celebrations.

    But the shock was not over for diners at the SN City Seafood Restaurant in Geylang Lorong 7.

    After scrambling out of the way and regaining their composure, they examined the car and saw the driver slumped over the front passenger seat.

    He appeared to be unconscious, said diners.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call at 7.10pm.

    The coffee-shop crash is the second recent one in the area.

    Last month, a lorry slammed into an eatery a few streets away in Lorong 13. No one was injured in that incident.

    A worker at the coffee shop, Sun Yu Dong, 42, said many of the diners managed to scramble out of the car's path because it was moving slowly.

    Mohamad Faizal, 30, a cargo assistant, was flung about 1m away and injured his left knee. The car then hit a Western food stall before coming to a stop.

    Mr Faizal had been having dinner with Asri Buhari, 25, and Fadlullah Rapsan, 35, who is self-employed.

    Furious, Mr Fadlullah knocked on one of the car's windows, but there was no response. Mr Asri then grabbed the detached leg of a table and broke the left rear window of the car.

    He told The New Paper: "We kept knocking and knocking on the window, but the driver could not wake up. I had no choice but to use a metal stand to smash the window."

    Mr Asri then reached in to unlock the door at the front passenger's seat and dragged the still unconscious driver out.

    Another diner, engineer Steven Lim, 48, wanted to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation because he thought the driver had had a heart attack.

    He said: "But I soon realised that he was just drowsy on medication and I left him alone."

    The injured man's friends also started scolding the driver for being reckless, and tried to rouse him.

    The driver, who looked to be in his late 20s, seemed drowsy even when police arrived.