AYE tragedy: Mercedes driver charged

AYE tragedy: Mercedes driver charged

The 53-year-old driver who drove against traffic on the AYE has been charged with causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

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SINGAPORE: A 53-year-old man who drove a Mercedes against traffic on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) on Monday (Dec 19), colliding with several vehicles and killing one person, has been charged.

The man, Lim Chai Heng, has been charged with causing death by reckless or dangerous driving, police announced on Tuesday.

The Road Traffic Act states that: "Any person who causes the death of another person by the driving of a motor vehicle on a road recklessly, or at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, condition and use of the road, and the amount of traffic which is actually at the time, or which might reasonably be expected to be, on the road, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years."

Four people were injured in the incident, including the Mercedes driver, who was warded at the National University Hospital as of Monday night.

Police said preliminary investigations showed that the suspect was driving along the AYE towards Tuas Checkpoint when he was believed to have made a U-turn and went against the flow of traffic.

Channel NewsAsia understands that Lim was charged while he was in hospital, and that he will be sent to the Institute of Mental Health for a psychiatric assessment.

Source: CNA/ly