Cabby in fatal CTE crash gets jail and five-year ban

A taxi driver was ferrying two passengers from the airport to Cairnhill when he failed to see a limousine which had stopped after reversing against the flow of traffic on the Central Expressway.

As a result, Ko Ngak Phweng's Hyundai cab crashed into the black Mercedes-Benz car in the early hours of May 6 last year .

The 58-year-old's rear left seat passenger, Irish telecommunications consultant Donough Andrew Keane, 41, died from head and cervical spine injuries, while the other passenger, Mr Anthony Gerard John Hall, 56, escaped with minor injuries. Both men were not belted up.

Mr Charles Robert Allenbach Jr, 59, the passenger in the limousine driven by part-time driver Tan Yeow Kim, 57, was also hurt.

Yesterday, Ko was jailed for three weeks and banned from driving for five years for causing Mr Keane's death through his negligence.

He also admitted to injuring his passengers by failing to keep a proper lookout ahead and hitting the back of the stationary car in the left-most lane of the CTE.

The court heard that Ms Tan was driving Mr Allenbach to his Bukit Timah home when she missed the Bukit Timah Road exit. She stopped the car after the exit and reversed against the flow of traffic twice.

Ko failed to keep a proper lookout and saw the Mercedes-Benz too late. He was unable to brake in time. His taxi hit the back of the car, which surged forward and hit a bollard.

Ko and his two passengers were taken to hospital. Ms Tan was jailed for four weeks and banned from driving for five years in March for dangerous driving.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2016, with the headline 'Cabby in fatal CTE crash gets jail and five-year ban'. Print Edition | Subscribe