Dangerous driving lands 23-year-old in jail for jogger's death

Seet Zhi Yang, 23, was sentenced to 5 months' jail for causing death of a pedestrian at along Upper Serangoon Road towards Bendemeer Road.  -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Seet Zhi Yang, 23, was sentenced to 5 months' jail for causing death of a pedestrian at along Upper Serangoon Road towards Bendemeer Road.  -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A 23-year-old man was jailed for five months and banned from driving for nine years for causing the death of a Gurkha officer through dangerous driving.

Full-time national serviceman Seet Zhi Yang admitted to causing the death of Sergeant Gir Prasad Roka along Upper Serangoon Road on June 2 last year. He was speeding at 104kmh, which is in excess of the 70kmh limit, causing him to lose control of his car which mounted the left road kerb and onto the pavement, hitting the 30-year-old jogger at 7.14pm.

A district court heard that Seet was trying to overtake a motorcycle from his left side when he lost control. The car veered off the road before mounting the kerb, continued to move and hit the Gurkha who was flung onto the bonnet and windscreen of the car and into the air before he struck a tree and fell to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Seet's car knocked down two green metal railings, continued over an open drain and finally came to a halt near the foot of an overhead bridge.

He had been drinking before the accident but his alcohol level was below the prescribed limit.

The Gurkhas are a contingent in the Singapore Police Force based in Mount Vernon Camp. About 2,000 of them are serving in the force.

Seet could have been jailed for up to five years for causing death by dangerous driving.