Lorry driver gets jail, driving ban for causing pedestrian's death

SINGAPORE - A lorry driver who negligently caused the death of an elderly pedestrian at a signalised cross junction in Jurong West was jailed for four weeks on Thursday (June 29).

Keo Kiang Yeow, 54, who pleaded guilty to causing Madam Shariffah Rugayah Ahmad Alkaff's death, was also banned from driving for five years.

The accident occurred at the junction of Jurong West Avenue 5 and Jurong West Street 82 on Nov 23 last year.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Joshua Rene Jeyaraj said that Keo was driving a lorry along Jurong West Avenue 5 at 3.39pm that day when he made a right turn into Jurong West Street 82.

The traffic light was then green in his direction. There was no right turn green arrow.

At the time, Madam Shariffah, 79, had started to cross the road on a "green man" signal.

There were no vehicles obstructing Keo's view. He failed to keep a proper lookout and could not stop in time, resulting in the lorry hitting Madam Shariffah.

She was pushed forward and she fell, hitting her head on the road.

She suffered serious injuries and was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 4.56pm.

Pleading for leniency, Keo's lawyer said his client had an unblemished driving record for 26 years, and was a very careful driver.

Keo could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined for causing death through his negligence.