Fine and ban for driver who hit pedestrian

Fine and ban for driver who hit pedestrian
Chng was making deliveries early on Dec 30 when his van hit Mr Loo, who died the next day.

A delivery driver who caused the death of a pedestrian through his negligence was fined $7,000 and banned from driving for five years yesterday.

Chng Seow Kiat, 59, pleaded guilty to failing to keep a proper lookout when his van hit Mr Loo Peck Lay, 61, who was crossing the road along the signalised T-junction of Jurong Town Hall Road with Pandan Gardens on Dec 30 last year.

Mr Loo died from multiple injuries the next day.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Fong Jing Heng told the court that Chng was making deliveries at around 6.20am that day, driving at 40kmh to 50kmh along Jurong Town Hall Road.

He noticed the light was green at the signalised T-junction with Pandan Gardens, and accelerated as he approached the junction.

Mr Loo was in the midst of crossing the road within the pedestrian crossing from Chng's right to his left. Chng saw Mr Loo only when the latter was close by and his headlight shone upon the pedestrian. He braked but was unable to avoid hitting Mr Loo.

He then stopped the vehicle and called the police, before going to check on the man's injuries.

Mr Loo was taken to National University Hospital, where he died at 6.12pm the next day.

Chng could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for causing death through a negligent act.


This article was first published on Oct 24, 2014.
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