Updated: 04/22/2014 00:39

Truck driver jailed 8 months and banned from driving for 7 years

Truck driver jailed 8 months and banned from driving for 7 years

A tipper truck driver was on Monday handed an eight-month jail term and disqualified from driving for seven years, for causing the death of a cyclist by dangerous driving and fleeing the scene. 

61-year-old Tay Peng Chay had turned left at a T-junction at Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3 in May last year shortly after noon. 

He failed to obey the right turning directional sign and hit 57-year-old Selamat Mokthiri, who was cycling at the pedestrian crossing. 

Tay was convicted of four other traffic-related charges. 

These are - failing to stop his truck after the fatal accident, failing to render assistance, removing the bicycle from under the truck and driving the truck away from the accident scene. 

The prosecution proceeded on three of the five charges.

In the written mitigation, his defence lawyer Joanna Goh said Tay had been unwell on the day of the incident. 

He had told his supervisor about it but was instructed to deliver sand to Choa Chu Kang, even though he was not familiar with the route. 

So at the T-junction of Brickland Road and Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, Tay went to the right-turn lane but realised he took the wrong route and made a left turn instead. 

This resulted in the accident. 

But prosecutor Benny Tan argued that Tay's actions resulted in the loss of an innocent life. 

He added that the prosecution had not heard of any reason as to why Tay removed the bicycle from under the truck, after the accident. 

The maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving is a jail term of five years.

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