Woman, 65, hospitalized after being hit by 2m high sun visor at Jurong West shop and falling off bike – Mothership.SG

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A 65-year-old woman was hit by an unsecured parasol while riding her bike to work past a local freezer store.

She lost her balance from the impact and fell, and was later hospitalized.

The woman’s daughter shared what happened mothership by email.

Around 5 p.m. on March 15, her mother cycled to work at the Jurong Springs Community Center McDonalds, where she works.

She was hit while cycling past the EN frozen food store in Jurong West.

Unsecured umbrellas

According to the woman’s daughter, a strong gust of wind blew the large, 2m high sheet towards the woman and hit her.

She lost her balance from the impact and fell, banging her head and knees against a wall.

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The store used the acrylic and cardboard panels in the extended common area to block the afternoon sun shining on the store’s chest freezers.

A photo taken after the day of the incident shows a pair of polycarbonate panels wedged between the retractable awning and the floor of the common area.

Image via Mothership Reader

The sheets didn’t appear to be attached to the floor or roof as they relied on tension to keep them in place.

After the woman fell, a passer-by stopped to help her up, and when shop staff were approached, they gave her the shopkeeper’s phone number.

That evening she went to a GP who prescribed her pain medication and told her to watch for signs of head injury such as vomiting.

Unfortunately, the very next morning she vomited and complained of dizziness and was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, where she was admitted.

Danger for elderly passers-by

The woman’s daughter said the umbrellas posed a risk to passers-by, especially as the area has a significant proportion of elderly residents.

She sent pictures of the area taken after the incident and the polycarbonate panels nearly two meters high.

Image via Mothership Reader

One also showed an employee removing the sheets.

Image via Mothership Reader

While the business was able to compensate her for lost income or medical expenses incurred, the woman’s daughter shared that she is concerned about the irreversible trauma her mother suffered.

She hopes the relevant authorities could investigate the matter to ensure such an incident does not happen again.

mothership has contacted the Jurong-Clementi City Council, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and En Frozen for more information.

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