Lorry driver fined $8,500 and banned from driving for causing rider's death

SINGAPORE - A lorry driver who caused the death of a motorcyclist through his negligence was fined $8,500 and banned from driving for five years on Tuesday.

Paramasivam Bharathi, 46, an Indian national, admitted to failing to give way to Mr Lim Shung Ren, 28, when making a right turn from Sungei Kadut Street 2 into Sungei Kadut Street 1.

He encroached into the rider's path, and this resulted in the Malaysian crane operator hitting the front right side of his lorry. Mr Lim died eight days later from bronchopneumonia due to compound fracture of the left femur.

A second charge of causing grievous hurt to the pillion rider, Ms Lai Li Theng, 25, was taken into consideration.

The court heard that Bharathi was driving along Sungei Kadut Street 2, a minor road, on the morning of June 27 last year when he stopped at the stop line at the T-junction, intending to make a right turn into Sungei Kadut Street 1.

At that time, Mr Lim was travelling straight on Sungei Kadut Street 1 on his motorbike with the pillion rider.

He hit the lorry, and both he and Ms Lai fell onto the road.

He suffered multiple severe injuries and was conveyed unconscious to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He was pronounced dead on July 5 the same year. Ms Lim was warded for a day and given medical leave until Sept 17.

Bharathi could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for causing death by doing a negligent act.