Updated: 02/20/2014 00:41

Indian national killed in Little India accident had 3 times legal alcohol limit



Indian national killed in Little India accident had 3 times legal alcohol limit

Forensic scientist Dr Michael Tay says Indian national Sakthivel Kumaravelu had nearly three times the legal alcohol limit on the night of the accident that took his life. 

He was speaking at the public hearing of the Committee of Inquiry into the Little India riot. 

According to the toxicology report, Mr Sakthivel had 217mg of ethanol per 100ml of blood. 

The legal limit for driving is 80mg per 100ml. 

Using video footage taken from cameras on board of the private bus that ran over him, Dr Tay says Mr Sakthivel was walking and running alongside the left side of the bus moments before the accident. 

At one point, he reached out his right hand to the side of the bus, just behind the bus door. 

Dr Tay says Mr Sakthivel then slipped and fell into a prone position, face downwards. 

The front left tyre then ran over him. 

The bus stopped immediately, says Dr Tay. 

The bus was turning left into Race Course Road from Tekka Lane at the time. 

Dr Tay says that, at that point, Mr Sakthivel would not have been visible to the bus driver from the left mirror. 

He adds that the bus was moving at a low speed of 10.8 kilometre per hour at the time. 

Furthermore, Dr Tay says the road was congested at the time, with some 20 to 30 pedestrians walking in the vicinity of the bus moments before the accident.

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