Motorist jailed two weeks for beating red light and killing motorcyclist at Victoria Street

Iskandar Abdollah (above) was sentenced to two weeks' jail and banned from driving for five years on Monday, Oct 14, 2013, for causing death through negligence. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
Iskandar Abdollah (above) was sentenced to two weeks' jail and banned from driving for five years on Monday, Oct 14, 2013, for causing death through negligence. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

A motorist who beat the red light along Victoria Street and crashed into a motorcyclist and his pillion rider was sentenced to two weeks' jail and banned from driving for five years on Monday for causing death through his negligence.

Iskandar Abdollah, 21, who is doing his national service in the civil defence, was fined $4,000 for causing grievous hurt to the pillion rider. He was convicted of two charges last month after a four-day trial. But he is appealing and a bail quantum of $15,000 was offered pending appeal.

He was convicted of causing the death of Mr Yogesvaran Ganesan, 23, after running the traffic red light signal at the signalised junction of Victoria Street and Rochor Road at 1.41am on May 16, 2011. He was also found guilty of grievously hurting the pillion, Mr Senthil Kumaran Palanisamy, 28. Both rider and pillion are Malaysians and working as waiters at Marina Bay Sands.

Mr Yogesvaran who had the right of way was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Senthil suffered leg fractures following the accident and was on medical leave for five weeks.

In his defence, Iskandar said he saw an overhead traffic light showing green but the investigating officer told the court that the Land Transport Authority only installed the over-hanging traffic light a year later.

A year after the fatal crash, a horrific accident happened at the same junction when the driver of the Ferrari, the taxi driver and his female passenger were killed.