Ex-bus driver charged with causing pedestrian's death in Toa Payoh

Wong Kum Fatt, 36, was charged in court on Tuesday (Sept 27) with causing the death of an elderly pedestrian at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh in July this year.
Wong Kum Fatt, 36, was charged in court on Tuesday (Sept 27) with causing the death of an elderly pedestrian at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh in July this year. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Policemen carrying away the body of a man who was run over and killed by an SBS Transit bus outside Toa Payoh interchange on July 7.
Policemen carrying away the body of a man who was run over and killed by an SBS Transit bus outside Toa Payoh interchange on July 7.PHOTO: ST FILE
The accident scene near Toa Payoh interchange being cleared on July 7, 2016.
The accident scene near Toa Payoh interchange being cleared on July 7, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A former SBS Transit bus driver was charged in court on Tuesday (Sept 27) with causing the death of an elderly pedestrian at Lorong 6 Toa Payoh in July this year.

It was Wong Kum Fatt's first day of work on July 7 when he allegedly failed to give way when making a left turn out from Toa Payoh interchange into Lorong 6 Toa Payoh at 6.24am while driving Service No 235.

This resulted in the bus hitting Mr Wee Joon Kin, 78, who was walking at a pedestrian crossing, causing his death. Mr Wee was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The 36-year-old Malaysian's lawyer, Mr Rajan Supramaniam, asked for a Criminal Case Management Session to review the evidence.

Wong's $10,000 bail has been extended. He appeared in court with his wife and sister-in-law.

The case will be mentioned on Oct 25.

 

If convicted of causing death by negligence, he faces a jail term of up to two years and/or a fine.