SINGAPORE - Drugs could have been a factor in a Central Expressway (CTE) crash last August that killed a Singaporean trainee pilot, his Korean girlfriend and her parents.
The man allegedly behind the wheel of the black multi-purpose vehicle that ploughed into them, Mr Toh Cheng Yang, 34, is expected to appear in court today.
He faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and of driving under the influence of drugs.
The police said in a media statement yesterday, without naming the driver, that he has had his licence suspended since Aug 9 last year - the day of the accident.
This suspension will remain in force until the outcome of his case in court.
The accident occurred along the CTE towards Seletar Expressway, just before 4am last National Day.
Mr Amron Ayoub, 23, was driving his girlfriend Jamie Song Jisoo, 24, her brother and her parents to the airport when they had a flat tyre along the CTE.
They had pulled up at a chevron area near the Yio Chu Kang exit and all of them got out, when an MPV hit them from behind, instantly killing Ms Song and her parents.
Her brother was unhurt as he was standing by the side of the road.
Mr Amron, who suffered multiple injuries, died in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital the following day.
If found guilty of dangerous driving causing death, the driver can be jailed for up to five years.
For driving under the influence of drugs, he may be jailed for up to six months or fined up to $5,000.
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