Drink driver jailed, banned for hit-and-run fatal accident along ECP

A businessman who drank and drove and caused a fatal accident along an expressway was sentenced to 14 months' jail and banned from driving for eight years on Tuesday.

Chua Cheng Giak, 38, pleaded guilty to three charges and had three others taken into consideration.

He was driving his Audi car above the 90kmph-speed limit along East Coast Parkway at 2.24am on May 23 last year when he caused the death a Bangladeshi construction worker by doing a rash act.

His car hit the back of a lorry, causing it to veer to its left side, hit a railing and a lamp post, which in turn caused the vehicle to mount the guard railing, resulting in the worker Md Hazrat Ali Md Maser Ali being thrown out from the rear covered deck.

The 36-year-old Bangladeshi suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital unconscious. He died on June 6 the same year.

A district court heard the the day before at about 5pm to 6pm, Chua had gone to a hotel in Seah Street to meet a friend for drinks. When his friend left, he stayed back to drink some more before leaving at around 10.30pm.

He went to his car parked at Raffles Hotel and fell asleep in his car. He woke at about 1am to 2am and started to drive home. He was driving at an excessive speed along the ECP when he caused the fatal accident which resulted in injuries to the driver and two other passengers.

He fled after the accident and drove to his workplace, a restaurant in Frankel Avenue. He surrendered himself at 8am at Traffic Police headquarters. His breath-alcohol level was 42ug per 100ml of breath, 7ug above the legal limit.

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