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Well-known fan dies after falling from e-scooter

ENTHUSIASTIC: Mr Sam Koh, 23, who was a passionate member of the e-scooter community, died from serious head injuries following a fall on Saturday morning on a popular route from ECP to Marina Bay Sands.


    Mar 23, 2016

    Well-known fan dies after falling from e-scooter

    HE WAS a well-known and passionate member of the electric scooter (e-scooter) community.

    Sam Koh, 23, worked at PassionGadgets, a shop that sells e-scooters and unicycles, for more than two years and was popular among its customers.

    But in a tragic accident, he died on Sunday from serious head injuries, after falling from his e-scooter on Saturday morning.

    After the fall, he went into a coma and never regained consciousness.

    His younger brother, Benson Koh, 22, a full-time national serviceman, told The New Paper on Monday night that his brother was riding with two friends on a popular cycling route from East Coast Park to Marina Bay Sands.

    Mr Sam Koh, who was the last rider, fell and landed on his back.

    Mr Benson Koh said: "His friend heard a thud and when he looked back, my brother was on the floor, unconscious."

    The younger brother added: "He just wore a cap but didn't wear a helmet. He's an expert. He has been riding for a long time." Mr Benson Koh did not know the speed his elder brother had been travelling at.

    The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it received a call at 1.10am on Saturday, requesting assistance at East Coast Park Service Road. He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

    The death was announced by Denis Koh, chairman of Big Wheel Scooters Singapore (BWSS) on its Facebook page on Monday.

    Mr Denis Koh, who represents Personal Mobility Device (PMD) users in the Land Transport Authority's Active Mobility Advisory Panel, has been pushing for the use of these vehicles on footways and cycling paths.

    The panel recently recommended that all PMDs, such as e-scooters, hoverboards, unicycles and motorised wheelchairs, be allowed on footpaths and cycling and shared paths - but with a speed limit of 15kmh on footpaths and 25kmh on cycling and shared paths.

    Mr Denis Koh wrote on Facebook that he had met the late Mr Koh while looking for an e-scooter, and was impressed by his passion and knowledge of such devices.

    "If it weren't for Sam, I would not have got on the bandwagon and done what I do today for the BWSS community."

    Mr Sam Koh's mother, housewife Oh Joo Poh, 51, told The New Paper that her son was an e-scooter expert.

    He started off with a unicycle and was soon riding and repairing e-scooters as well.

    She said: "He was always riding the e-scooter and the Air Wheel, and liked fiddling with them. He even encouraged me to ride the e-scooter to the market but it can't carry anything heavy anyway."

    Madam Oh added that she had warned her son to ride slowly but is not sure if he followed her advice.

    "He doesn't like me nagging. But he has never got into an accident before. When the hospital called, I thought it was just a scrape. I never expected it to turn out like this."

    Mr Sam Koh had many plans for his future, his family said.

    He had a long-time girlfriend and they were planning to apply for a flat near his Mountbatten home.

    His father, who does odd jobs, suffered a stroke in 2013. Mr Sam Koh was hoping to live near his family so that he could help to take care of his dad.