Lorry driver in Port Dickson crash which killed 4 Singaporeans claims trial

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PORT DICKSON - A 54-year-old lorry driver pleaded not guilty to four charges of causing death by reckless or dangerous driving on Thursday (March 22).

P. Mani claimed trial at the magistrate's court in Malaysia for causing the deaths of four members of a Singaporean family in a road accident in Lukut in January.

He is accused of causing the deaths of 53-year-old Rosli Samad, 50-year-old Maimunah Sapari and their two children, 20-year-old Nur Amalina and 17-year-old Dayana Sarah.

He allegedly committed the offences at the Jalan Sepang-Lukut traffic light junction at 2.30pm on Jan 3.

The family were on their way to Port Dickson for a holiday and were passing through Lukut when tragedy struck.

They were waiting at the traffic light junction and were about to move towards Port Dickson when a runaway lorry coming from the direction of Sepang crushed their multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

A preliminary police probe revealed that the lorry was moving downhill when the driver apparently lost control.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel took almost two hours to extricate the victims from the mangled wreck.

A crane also had to be used to lift the lorry from the crushed MPV.

Mani was charged under section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides a jail sentence of between two and 10 years and a fine between RM5,000 (S$1,680) and RM20,000 for each charge.

Magistrate Siti Khairiah Abdul Razak set bail at RM32,000 (S$10,750) and fixed re-mention for April 16. She also ordered Mani's driving license to be suspended.

A. Ashwini prosecuted while the accused was unrepresented.

4 Singaporeans killed in Port Dickson accident: Hundreds gather for burial

  • The bodies of the family of four who died when a runaway tipper truck crushed the car they were driving in the Malaysian town of Port Dickson on Wednesday (Jan 3) returned to Singapore for a late night burial on Thursday.
  • The bodies of the family of four who died when a runaway tipper truck crushed the car they were driving in the Malaysian town of Port Dickson on Wednesday (Jan 3) returned to Singapore for a late night burial on Thursday.
  • Hundreds of people gathered at the Muslim cemetery in Choa Chu Kang at 9.55pm on Thursday, when the convoy of three minivans from Malaysia entered the cemetery.
  • Four Singaporeans were killed in a five-vehicle road accident in the Malaysian town of Port Dickson on Jan 3, the latest in a series of traffic fatalities involving Singaporeans travelling overseas.
  • Videos of the accident have since been circulating on social media.
  • One of the video shows the tipper truck speeding through the intersection, and ploughing into the Honda, along with the three other vehicles.
  • The driver, Mr Rosli Samad, 54, died en route to Seremban Hospital. According to The Straits Times, Mr Rosli was the owner of R S Bikes Centre, a motorcycle dealership in Kaki Bukit.
  • A urine test conducted on the lorry driver to check for substance abuse came back negative.
  • The victims had stopped at the T-junction when the out-of-control lorry crashed into them.
  • The runaway lorry ploughed into their MPV at a T-junction heading to Sepang.
  • A police spokesperson said that three women in the MPV died on the spot after their vehicle was crushed by the lorry in the accident, which took place at 3pm on Wednesday (Jan 3).
  • He added that the driver of the MPV died while being rushed to the hospital, and said that the lorry also rammed into two cars and a motorcycle.
  • The spokesperson added that the drivers of the cars and rider of the motorcycle escaped serious injuries and said that the lorry driver ran off after the incident.
  • According to The Straits Times, the truck driver has been arrested and is in custody.
  • This is the latest in a series of traffic fatalities involving Singaporeans travelling overseas.
  • The three passengers have been identified as Maimunah Sapari, 51, Nur Amalina Rosli, 21, and Dayana Sarah Rosli, 18.
  • The driver, Mr Rosli Samad, 54, died en route to Seremban Hospital.
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