Singaporean pleads guilty over fatal car crash in New Zealand

Singaporean pleads guilty over fatal car crash in New Zealand
Singaporean Lew Wei Kiong at Dunedin District Court on April 12, 2016.
PHOTO: Screengrab from radionz.co.nz

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty to charges of careless driving causing death and injuries in New Zeland, local media reported on April 12.

Lew Wei Kiong, 30, was on holiday in New Zealand with colleague Ms Tay Hui Yun in November 2015 when the accident happened.

According to New Zealand media reports, Lew drove a rented Toyota Carolla onto the wrong side of State Highway 1 near Waianakarua and crashed into two oncoming cars and two motorcycles on Nov 29.

39-year-old motorcyclist Craig Alan Chambers died at the scene while Ms Tay was among three others who were seriously injured.

Ms Tay was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital and transferred to Singapore on Dec 19 for further medical treatment.

Stuff.co.nz reported that Lew had been driving at 120km per hour at the time of the crash and did not brake. It added that Mr Chambers' widow cried when she heard this in court.

Lew, a senior analyst at the Energy Market Authority, also reportedly cried in the Dunedin District Court during the reading of the summary of facts on Tuesday (April 12).

According to Stuff.co.nz, Lew pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated careless use of a motor vehicle causing death, and three charges of aggravated careless driving causing injury.

He was convicted of all four charges.

Lew is expected to appear for sentencing on June 3.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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