A 38-year-old chiropractor, who was on his way to East Coast Park from his Tanjong Rhu Road home on an electric skateboard, died after he fell at the Green Connecting Bridge along East Coast Park Service Road near Fort Road. Mr Matthieu Thomas Maugueret, a French national, had got the device four days before the accident.
Not sure if this was posted previously but it’s the first time I heard of it. Shout out to @mostwanted for sending this to my attention and for bringing more safety awareness to the Singapore ESK8 FB group. As most of you already know I’ve been a pretty big proponent for helmet safety ever since my friend’s traumatic brain injury which I explain in detail on this thread. The death in Singapore is eerily familiar to the way my buddy crashed but luckily he dodged a bullet and is just about fully recovered. Together, we’re working on a short documentary about the experience along with pretty graphic footage of the actual crash. The goal is to bring more safety awareness to ESK8 because their seems to some irresponsibility amongst the mainstream companies that de-emphasize the safety factor to mostly inexperienced riders in order to emphasize the “coolness”. Remember this Inboard video?
This thread isn’t an attack on any company or specific parts but I feel like Mr. Maugueret’s death should hold some meaning for us as ambassadors of ESK8. Like many others here I get asked by random folks to build them a powerful machine. If I can’t immediately measure their riding or DIY experience I flat out refuse because it’s like a moral obligation to prevent them from hurting themselves. So where do we draw the line? I would guess there’s a lot more non skaters/longboarders entering ESK8 than experienced ones.
Here’s a few takeaways I got from the article:
He was not wearing a helmet (back of his head hit the pavement, TBI, never regained consciousness)
He was riding at 11:45pm
He was riding an Evolve Carbon 2-in-1
Electric skateboards have been ubiquitous on roads in Singapore
The skateboard’s previous owner had found it hard to execute turns and was also concerned about the absence of a feature to allow sudden braking