Tuesday, May 26, 2015Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Former bus driver fined $8,000 and banned from driving over fatal accident in Bedok

Published on Aug 23, 2013 3:46 PM
Former mini-bus driver Mohd Hanafi Maulud, who caused the death of a pedestrian by negligence, was fined $8,000 on Friday, Aug 23, 2013. He was also banned from driving for five years. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A former mini-bus driver who caused the death of a pedestrian by negligence was fined $8,000 on Friday.

Mohd Hanafi Maulud, 53, was also banned from driving for five years after he admitted to causing Mr Ayasamy Soundarajan's death while making a right turn into Bedok North Road last November.

A district court heard that Hanafi, now a gardener, was driving the vehicle along the extreme right lane of Bedok Reservoir Road at about 6.20am on Nov 21. As he approached the signalised junction of Bedok Reservoir and Bedok North roads, he noted that the traffic signal showed only a green light without a green right-turning arrow.

At the time, there was an oncoming bus travelling across the junction from the opposite direction. As soon as the bus had passed, Hanafi made a right turn into Bedok North Road. He failed to keep a proper lookout and did not see the 53-year-old pedestrian, knocking into him. Mr Soundarajan was pinned under the bus and was extricated by civil defence officers. He was pronounced dead at 6.53am.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!