West Coast fatal crash: Trailer driver charged

Sahadevan Senguttuvan, who has been charged over a 2016 crash on West Coast Highway, was offered bail of $10,000 yesterday. He will be back in court on May 9.
Sahadevan Senguttuvan, who has been charged over a 2016 crash on West Coast Highway, was offered bail of $10,000 yesterday. He will be back in court on May 9.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

He allegedly caused deaths of two cyclists by negligent driving, and injury to a third one

A trailer truck driver appeared in court yesterday over a 2016 crash on West Coast Highway that killed two cyclists and injured a third.

Sahadevan Senguttuvan, 35, was charged with causing the deaths of 19-year-old Ong Zi Quan and 25-year-old Ang Yee Fong by negligent driving.

The Indian national is also accused of causing hurt to their friend, Marcus Loke Teck Soon, now 18.

The trio were riding their power-assisted bicycles along West Coast Highway towards Telok Blangah Road around midnight on Oct 27, 2016, when they were allegedly hit by Sahadevan's vehicle.

According to court documents, he is said to have failed to keep a proper lookout, which led to the fatal crash.

In a coroner's inquiry last October, Marcus testified in court that all three were cycling to his grandmother's Telok Blangah home when the accident took place.

The trio were riding their power-assisted bicycles along West Coast Highway towards Telok Blangah Road around midnight on Oct 27, 2016, when they were allegedly hit by Sahadevan's vehicle.

According to court documents, he is said to have failed to keep a proper lookout, which led to the fatal crash.

He said that he was thrown off his bicycle when the truck hit it and landed on a pedestrian area beside the road.

Paramedics pronounced Mr Ang dead at the scene, while Mr Ong died in hospital at around 1am the next day. Coroner Marvin Bay later found their deaths to be tragic traffic misadventures.

Sahadevan was offered bail of $10,000 yesterday and will be back in court on May 9.

If convicted of causing death by negligent driving, he can be jailed for up to two years and fined for each charge. He can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500 if convicted of causing hurt by driving in a negligent manner.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'West Coast fatal crash: Trailer driver charged'. Print Edition | Subscribe