Man fined $6k for causing girlfriend's death in accident

The scene of the accident on Dec 12 last year. Danial Andika Mohman and his girlfriend Nur Diana Lim were riding on a motorcycle when a lorry in front of them braked to avoid a collision ahead. Danial could not brake in time and crashed into the lorry, wh
The scene of the accident on Dec 12 last year. Danial Andika Mohman and his girlfriend Nur Diana Lim were riding on a motorcycle when a lorry in front of them braked to avoid a collision ahead. Danial could not brake in time and crashed into the lorry, which led to Ms Lim's death. SCREENGRABS: SINGAPORE ROADS ACCIDENT COM/ YOUTUBE, LAINA LUM/FACEBOOK

They had plans to get married, but an accident on Dec 12 last year ended the dream for Danial Andika Mohman, who was also blamed for contributing to his girlfriend's death.

On Thursday, exactly a year after 20-year-old Nur Diana Lim's life ended tragically, Danial was convicted and sentenced for negligently causing her death.

The 23-year-old was fined $6,000 and disqualified for three years from holding all driving licences for causing Ms Lim's death by negligent act.

The couple were on a motorcycle along the Pan-Island Expressway at about 10pm on Dec 12 last year, with Ms Lim riding pillion.

Two vehicles had collided suddenly on the road, and a lorry behind the vehicles braked to avoid the collision. But Danial could not brake in time and crashed into the lorry's rear left.

The couple were thrown off the motorcycle and fell onto the road.

A bus that was less than 10m behind them could not avoid Ms Lim and ran over her. She had to be extricated from under the bus and was taken to the National University Hospital (NUH) unconscious. She reached the hospital at 11.10pm but died 15 minutes later from extensive injuries.

Danial, who was conscious, was also taken to NUH. He was admitted to a high dependency ward with fractures on his finger and collarbone.

On Thursday, Danial, who admitted that he had failed to keep a proper lookout ahead, was seen closing his eyes periodically while in the dock as the incident was recounted in court. He appeared to hold back tears as the account of the accident was read out.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Lee Jing Yan told the court that Ms Lim was a loved one of the accused, and that the circumstances of the case were tragic and unfortunate.

He asked the court to impose a fine of $6,000 and a disqualification of three years.

Danial's lawyer, Mr Henry Lim, urged the court to be compassionate. He said his client had tried to evade a head-on collision with the lorry, adding that the couple had planned to marry after Danial had completed his national service in the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

He said that his client also suffered as a result of the accident and pleaded with the court for a lower fine, saying Danial did not have $6,000.

District Judge Marvin Bay said he noted the "extremely tragic circumstances" of the case. But he said the prosecution had also been very moderate in its sentencing position.

The judge then issued the fine and disqualification, but he allowed for the fine to be paid in instalments of $1,000 a month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2019, with the headline Man fined $6k for causing girlfriend's death in accident. Subscribe