Man gets jail, driving ban for failing to keep proper lookout, severely injuring motorcyclist

Deliveryman Neong Tong, 61, was sentenced to two weeks' jail and banned from driving for three years.
Deliveryman Neong Tong, 61, was sentenced to two weeks' jail and banned from driving for three years.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - A motorcyclist who had the right of way suffered serious injuries after he was hit by a van, whose driver had failed to keep a proper lookout when making a right turn.

For this, deliveryman Neong Tong, 61, was sentenced to two weeks' jail and banned from driving for three years on Wednesday (Sept 6).

Neong admitted to causing grievous hurt to Mr Muhammad Arif Affandi, 27, on July 18, 2016, by doing an act so negligently as to endanger life.

Mr Arif was admitted to National University Hospital's intensive care unit, and was later in surgical high dependency care.

He was hospitalised for 16 days and given 32 days of hospitalisation leave.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kelly Ho said that at about 2pm on the day of the offence, Neong was making his weekly routine delivery of clothes to a dormitory along Toh Guan Road East.

As he neared the dormitory, he needed to make a right turn, and cut across a lane in the opposite direction to enter. There was a bend in the road near where he wanted to make the right turn, and it was not a signalised junction.

"The onus was on the accused to ensure that the traffic from the opposite direction was clear before making the right turn," said DPP Ho.

But Neong did not stop or slow down to check that traffic was clear before turning right, resulting in the collision with Mr Arif's motorcycle, which was riding straight from the opposite direction.

Mr Arif suffered, among other things, multiple facial bone fractures, and brain and chest injuries.

Neong has had convictions for running a red light twice, and for careless driving.

He will start his sentence on Sept 27. He could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing grievous hurt by doing a negligent act to endanger life.