Heavy vehicle driver jailed, banned for causing fatal collision

SINGAPORE - A heavy vehicle driver was trying to overtake a stationary vehicle when he lost control, veered right and encroached into the path of a lorry.

The resulting head-on collision flung both vehicles to the roadside and caused fatal injuries to the driver of the oncoming lorry.

On Tuesday (Jan 30), Chinese national Wang Linzhong, 45, was jailed for seven weeks and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to causing mechanical engineer Lua Chak Liang's death on May 7 last year.

The court heard that Wang was driving his prime mover along Tuas Crescent towards Tuas West Drive that drizzly morning while Mr Lua, 56, was driving his lorry in the opposite direction.

Wang tried to overtake a stationary vehicle on the left but he failed to keep proper control of the vehicle, causing it to veer right.

His prime mover, which is used to transport containers, surged forward, went over the centre divider and encroached into the path of Mr Lua's lorry.

The collision was partially captured by the dashboard camera in Mr Lua's lorry.

The prime mover knocked over part of a nearby wall.

Mr Lua suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital about 1½ hours later.

Wang was not injured but complained of pain. He was warded for a day and given five days of hospitalisation leave.

Wang, who was not represented, said sorry in court to the next of kin.

He could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for causing death by negligence.

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