Two weeks’ jail for 25-year old driver in Bukit Timah crash that killed best friend
SINGAPORE - She was driving her boyfriend and her best friend home after a birthday party in April last year when tragedy struck.
SINGAPORE — She was driving her boyfriend and her best friend home after a birthday party in April last year when tragedy struck.
Honami Lam Qixin failed to keep a lookout for traffic while turning towards the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) and collided with an oncoming bus. Her best friend, Jasmine Lim Jia Yan, who was 23, died as a result.
For her actions, Lam, 25, was sentenced to two weeks’ jail on Friday (March 29) and disqualified from driving for four years after her release.
At the time of the incident, Lim was seated in the rear of the car on the left, while Mr Lau, then 26, was in the front passenger seat.
At around 12.56am, the car was at the junction of Jalan Anak Bukit and Jalan Jurong Kechil.
Lam wanted to turn towards the PIE in the direction of Changi, and went ahead before the right-turn green arrow had begun flashing.
At the same time, an off-service SMRT bus was driving in the opposite direction towards Clementi Road.
The driver, Mr Thanjavour Rajarm Prabhuram, saw Lam’s vehicle turning and tried to stop the bus, but it was too late.
The bus crashed into the left side of the car, causing it to spin before stopping. Lam, who suffered bruises to her right hip and left knee, got out and called the police and an ambulance.
Lim was taken to the hospital but later succumbed to her head injuries.
Mr Lau suffered bruises on his chest and pain in his right knee.
Mr Thanjavour, who was 43 at the time, did not sustain any injuries.
Calling the accident “unfortunate and tragic,” District Judge Kessler Soh said that he took into account Lam’s clean driving record up until the crash, in deciding on the sentence.
Lam, who pleaded guilty to one charge of causing death by a negligent act, cried as District Judge Soh read out the sentence.
Another charge for endangering human life through a negligent act was also taken into consideration.
For her actions, Lam could have been jailed up to two years and fined. She could also have been disqualified from driving for life.