Man jailed two weeks for negligent driving, causing elderly woman's death

SINGAPORE - A 35-year-old man was jailed for two weeks and disqualified from driving for five years on Friday (June 16) for negligent driving, resulting in the death on an elderly pedestrian.

Shortly before the accident, Zelig Tan Tze Li, was driving his car along the four-lane Changi Road towards Geylang Road at around 9.30am on Oct 8, last year.

Tan, who was on his way to work at the Millage condominium at Changi Road, then decided to change from the second lane from the right to the extreme right lane as he wanted to make a turn.

At around the same time, Ms Chew Ah Hoy, 75, was crossing the road near a Caltex petrol station from Tan's left to his right.

She was walking at a normal pace when Tan failed to keep a proper lookout and hit her.

The court heard Tan did not notice Ms Chew crossing the road in front of him at any point.

The speed limit there was 70kmh and Tan said he was not speeding.

She was flung forward and Tan's car swerved to the left.

He called the police at around 9.40am, saying: "An old lady dashed out (onto) the road and I hit her."

According to court documents, there were no traffic lights at the location and the nearest overhead bridge was more than 50m away.

Ms Chew suffered head injuries and an ambulance took her to Changi General Hospital where she died about three hours later.

At the time of the accident, the weather was fine, visibility was clear and the road surface was dry.

The traffic flow there was also moderate.

After the accident, Tan's car was found with cracks on the right side of the front windscreen and right front headlamp.

For committing a negligent act, causing the fatal accident, he could have been jailed up to two years and fined.