Fatal crash: Teen pleads not guilty to taking drugs

Ng allegedly drove against the traffic flow on Tuesday, killing a motorist.
Ng allegedly drove against the traffic flow on Tuesday, killing a motorist.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BUKIT MERTAJAM • A 19-year-old girl who allegedly drove against the traffic on Malaysia's North-South Expressway, causing an accident that resulted in the death of a motorist, has claimed trial to a charge of drug abuse.

Ng Pei Ven pleaded not guilty at the magistrate's court in Penang yesterday to a charge of taking amphetamines.

The part-time model tested positive for the drug at the central Seberang Perai district police headquarters Narcotics Department on Tuesday.

The offence under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1952, which is also punishable under Section 15(1) of the same Act, carries a fine of up to RM5,000 (S$1,600) or a jail term of up to two years.

Magistrate Jamiliah Abdul Manap granted RM5,000 bail with two sureties and set May 12 for mention. Assistant Superintendent of Police Md Azman Kadir prosecuted the case.

 

Ng is also under investigation under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act, 1987 for reckless driving.

On Tuesday morning, Ng allegedly drove her car against the traffic flow on the highway near Permatang Pauh, a town in Seberang Perai, Penang, and collided with four vehicles and a motorcycle at the 134km mark on the highway before coming to a halt.

A motorist was killed when her vehicle hit it head-on, while two other cars as well as a van and a motorcycle were damaged in the incident.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2017, with the headline 'Fatal crash: Teen pleads not guilty to taking drugs'. Print Edition | Subscribe