Lorry driver jailed for causing death and injuring 14 others

A lorry driver was jailed for eight weeks and banned from driving for five years on Tuesday over a head-on collision with another lorry which claimed the life of one and seriously injured 14 others.

Periyasamy Jayaprakash, 25, an Indian national, admitted to causing the death of Mr Mathialagu Kathiravan, 19, a passenger in the rear cabin of the lorry, through his negligence along Tanah Merah Coast Road on July 3 last year.

Jayaprakash who came to court in a wheelchair also pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt to the other lorry driver and 13 passengers by doing a negligent act to endanger life at about 6.20am that day.

All the victims, aged 22 to 36, are Indian nationals.

The court heard that Jayaprakash was driving towards Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to fetch foreign workers at Changi Lodge to work when the accident happened.

He was trying to overtake an unknown vehicle infront when he failed to keep a proper lookout for oncoming vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

He suddenly swerved right and encroached onto the travelling path of the victim's lorry, resulting in the head-on collision.

Mr Kathiravan died on the spot. The 14 victims were conveyed to Changi General Hospital. most of whom were warded for three to 29 days.

A third charge of causing hurt to 11 other passengers from the same lorry was considered during his sentencing.