BUKIT MERTAJAM, PENANG (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The car driver who was involved in an accident with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) driven by a student that plunged into the sea at Penang Bridge last month was charged at the magistrate's court here on Monday (Feb 11).
M. Vaitheswaran, 21, was charged with driving recklessly and causing the death of Mr Moey Yun Peng, 20, on the bridge in the direction of Prai at about 3am on Jan 20.
The charge under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 carries a maximum of 10 years' jail and a maximum fine of RM20,000 (S$6,660) or both upon conviction.
Vaitheswaran pleaded not guilty to the charge.
During mitigation, prosecutor Yusaini Amir Abd Karim proposed bail of RM10,000 but Vaitheswaran's lawyer S. Parameswaran asked for RM5,000 bail instead, saying his client was no longer working as a hairdresser and his father is an electrician with a monthly income of RM2,500, which is needed to support the family.
Magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap then set RM7,000 bail with one surety and ordered Vaitheswaran's driving licence to be suspended until the case is over.
She also ordered him to report to the nearest police station monthly and fixed March 18 for the mention of the case.
In the incident, the SUV driven by Mr Moey, a private college student, plunged into the sea after a vehicle collided with it on Penang Bridge.
His body was found strapped to the driver's seat after the vehicle was retrieved from the sea three days later.