Delivery driver jailed and banned for causing death and grievous hurt at BKE

Ng could have been jailed for up to two years and fined for causing death by negligence.
Ng could have been jailed for up to two years and fined for causing death by negligence. PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A delivery driver, who caused the death of a man and injured the man's colleague in a three-vehicle collision along an expressway, was jailed for three months on Wednesday (Sept 9). Ng Leng Seng, 46, was also banned from driving for five years.

The accident involved a lorry, a van and a car along Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) at about 7.30am on Jan 5 this year.

It happened near the Bukit Panjang exit and caused a traffic snarl stretching all the way to Woodlands.

A district court heard that, despite having had his usual seven hours of sleep, Ng nodded off while driving his lorry. The vehicle veered into the chevron and hit the rear of a van which surged forward. It hit operations controller Rangasamy Balagobi, 25, and a car, causing his death.

Ng admitted being negligent by failing to have proper control of his lorry.

He also caused grievous hurt to security manager Stephen Muthu Thavidy, 37, by being negligent in a manner that endangered life that day.

The court heard that Mr Rangasamy was driving his company's van along BKE when he was involved in a minor chain collision.

He contacted Mr Stephen, who came and parked his car about four car lengths in front of the van in the middle of the chevron marking at the Bukit Panjang exit.

Both Mr Rangasamy and Mr Stephen stood in front of the van and appeared to be examining the damage caused during the earlier accident.

A few minutes later, Ng's lorry hit the van, which then ran into the two men. After the collision, the lorry continued moving forward and also rammed into the car.

Mr Rangasamy was dragged by the lorry. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Stephen was flung onto the slip road of Bukit Panjang upon impact. He suffered serious head injuries and fractures. He was warded for 19 days and given 49 days of hospitalisation leave. His medical report said that his vision could be impaired permanently.

Citing aggravating factors, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ruth Teng said Ng had fallen asleep at the wheel, which resulted in the loss of one life and permanent disability to another.

Ng could have been jailed for up to two years and fined for causing death by negligence. For causing grievous hurt, he could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $5,000.