Driver fined $8K and banned over fatal accident

A service technician was fined $8,000 and banned from driving for five years on Tuesday for causing a fatal accident in Bukit Batok.

Kamis Johari, 54, pleaded guilty to causing the death of technician Saravanan Raja, 30, who was riding a motorcycle, by doing a negligent act at the signalised T-junction of Bukit Batok Road by Bukit Batok West Avenue 7 on July 4 last year.

He was driving a van when he failed to keep a proper lookout while making a right turn from Bukit Batok Road into Bukit Batok West Avenue 7, thus hitting the rider.

A second charge of causing grievous hurt to the pillion, Ms Sumathi Rajamani, 29, Mr Saravanan's cousin, was taken into consideration.

The court heard that the pair were travelling in the centre of the three-lane road of Bukit Batok towards Jurong Town Hall Road for dinner when the accident happened.

The lights were in their favour when Mr Saravanan shouted at Ms Sumathi and applied his brakes, causing the motorcycle to wobble. Ms Sumathi then felt an impact to the motorbike. Both Mr Saravanan and his cousin were flung off the machine and landed on an island and road respectively.

Mr Saravanan, who was unconscious then, was taken to National University Hospital where he died the following day.

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