Tired sales executive nodded off at wheel and crashed into cab

Tired sales executive nodded off at wheel and crashed into cab
Madam Josephine Cerdan Manap holding a picture of her late husband, Mr Mohamed Amin Abdul Manap, 56, who died 11 months after he was involved in a horrific car accident.

A sales executive who nodded off at the wheel and crashed into a parked taxi - whose driver eventually died in hospital - was jailed for two months yesterday.

Lim Wei Hong, 27, was also banned from driving for five years for his part in the death of 56-year-old Mohamed Amin Abdul Manap.

Tired from working long hours and spending the whole night out afterwards, Lim had fallen asleep while driving home from supper in Holland Village at around 4.35am on May 4, 2013.

He nodded off along Marine Parade Road in the direction of Brooke Road.

As he neared the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, his car veered right and collided with Mr Mohamed's taxi, which was parked in a space along the road.

The cabby had been asleep in the driver's seat.

The force of impact was so great that the taxi surged forward and hit another car two parking spaces away.

Mr Mohamed was rushed to Changi General Hospital but he had injured his spine in the accident and became paralysed in his arms and legs.

His prolonged stay at CGH and Parkway East Hospital was complicated by several infections, including pneumonia. On April 17 last year, he was found to be unresponsive and resuscitated. But his family decided, in the light of his poor condition, not to revive him if he collapsed again.

The next day, he succumbed to pneumonia, more than 11 months after the accident.

Investigations found that Lim, who lives in Marine Parade, had not slept for 20 hours at the time of the accident and had turned up the radio's volume to try to stay awake. Two days earlier, he had worked an 18-hour shift and slept less than five hours before returning to work.

After he clocked off on May 3, he went for football training, had a couple of drinks, and then went for supper.

For rashly causing grievous hurt, Lim could have been jailed for up to four years, fined up to $10,000, or both.

oliviaho@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on May 16, 2015.
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