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Truck driver jailed and banned from driving for causing cyclist's death

Published on Apr 21, 2014 12:56 PM
Tay Peng Chay, a tipper truck driver, was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for seven years on April 21, 2014, for causing death by driving dangerously. -- ST GRAPHICS  

A tipper truck driver was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for seven years on Monday for causing a death by driving dangerously.

Tay Peng Chay, 61, admitted causing the death of cyclist Selamat Mokthiri, 57, when he made an illegal left turn at a T-junction, causing his vehicle to hit the bicycle leading to the cyclist's death. The accident happened at the signalised junction of Brickland Road and Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 on May 2 last year at about 12.10pm.

Tay also admitted moving the bicycle from under his tipper truck without police authority after the accident. A district court heard that Tay was driving along Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 towards Toh Tuck Avenue to top up petrol at about 12.10pm that day. He intended to turn into Brickland Road but missed the slip road leading to it. At the junction, he saw that the traffic light was green in his favour, but he was allowed only to turn right.

After checking his surroundings, he made an illegal sharp left turn into Brickland Road from the Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 junction. His truck ran over Mr Selamat, dragging his bicycle under the truck for about 184m before a motorist stopped him.

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