Driver fined $8k for causing dad’s death

SINGAPORE - An engineer who caused the death of his father in a road accident was fined $8,000 and banned from driving for five years yesterday.

James Quek Teck Soon was behind the wheel of his Kia Picanto when he failed to keep a proper lookout and rammed into the back of a tipper truck along Punggol Way on Feb 6. The 24-year-old was driving home with his 71-year-old father, Mr Albert Quek, and elder brother Johnson at the time.

His father was seated in the back of the car, while his 43-year-old brother was in the front passenger seat.

The force of the impact threw the car forward and it side-swiped a stationary car before coming to a halt on the traffic light island at a junction of Punggol Way and Punggol Field.

The father suffered severe bodily injuries and was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital where he died about 21/2 hours later. Quek was warded for two days while his brother had a couple of fractures as well as lung contusion.

A second charge of causing grievous hurt to his brother was taken into consideration.

Quek could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for causing death by doing a negligent act.


This article was first published on July 10, 2014.
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