Lorry driver gets 2 weeks' jail and 5-year driving ban for causing pedestrian's death

SINGAPORE - A driver of a lorry was jailed for two weeks and banned from driving for five years on Thursday for causing a pedestrian's death in a road traffic accident.

Chinese national Hou Xiaohai, 34, admitted to causing Ms Ang Soo Lan's death by failing to keep a proper lookout when making a right turn from Whampoa Road into Whampoa Drive at about 1.20pm on April 25 this year.

The 55-year-old died a day later in hospital from head injuries.

A district court heard that Hou was driving the lorry along the road, heading to Block 86 in Whampoa Drive to deliver furniture, when he stopped at the traffic junction.

When the light turned green, he moved off and made a right turn into Whampoa Drive. He failed to keep a proper lookout and the lorry hit Ms Ang, who was crossing the road at the signalised pedestrian crossing. She was flung forward.

When the police arrived, the lorry was some 6m away from the pedestrian crossing. Blood strains were found in front of the lorry.

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

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