Taxi driver jailed one week and banned for causing pedestrian's death

Ng Tiat Boon was sentenced to one week's jail and banned from driving for five years.
Ng Tiat Boon was sentenced to one week's jail and banned from driving for five years.ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A taxi driver who hit an elderly man at a signalised pedestrian crossing was sentenced to one week's jail and banned from driving for five years on Tuesday (April 4) for causing his death.

Ng Tiat Boon, 58, pleaded guilty to failing to keep a proper lookout while making a right turn from Clemenceau Avenue to Havelock Road. He collided into 73-year-old Ho Ah Yong at 7.21pm on Oct 16 last year. Mr Ho died 3½ hours later from multiple injuries.

The court heard that Ng was driving his taxi along Clemenceau Avenue when he tried to make a right turn at the junction towards Havelock Road. The traffic light was red, with a green turning arrow, permitting him to drive.

But he was unsure of the traffic light colour of the pedestrian crossing ahead as he made the right turn.

Mr Ho was halfway across the pedestrian crossing of Clemenceau Avenue, and had crossed six lanes, including the centre divider, before he was struck.

Ng had failed to keep a proper lookout and would have seen Mr Ho crossing, even though the pedestrian light was not in Mr Ho's favour, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Dwayne Lum.

The dashboard camera footage of Ng's taxi showed that Mr Ho was infront of Ng's eye-line for at least four seconds as he was making the right turn.

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