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Van driver who fatally hit elderly pedestrian in CBD gets 4 months' jail, driving ban

SINGAPORE — While making a right turn from Cross Street to Robinson Road in the Central Business District, Muhammad Said Shahidir Dres failed to notice a 78-year-old pedestrian at a crossing and crashed into her.

SINGAPORE — While making a right turn from Cross Street to Robinson Road in the Central Business District, Muhammad Said Shahidir Dres failed to notice a 78-year-old pedestrian at a crossing and crashed into her.

Following the accident on April 3, 2020, the victim succumbed to her injuries in Singapore General Hospital the next morning.

On Monday (Aug 1), Said, 35, was sentenced to four months’ jail and disqualified from holding or obtaining all classes of licences for eight years upon his release.

The Singaporean pleaded guilty to an offence under the Road Traffic Act of driving without due care and attention.

The court heard that the accident happened just before the circuit breaker period came into force, which limited movements and activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Said was driving his Toyota Hiace manual van, which had an unladen weight of 1,760kg, towards One Raffles Quay to deliver some items.

As he approached the signalised cross junction of Cross Street and Robinson Road, he drove on the first lane with the intention of turning onto Robinson Road towards Collyer Quay.

The victim then began crossing the signalised pedestrian crossing from Hong Leong Building to CapitaGreen. Said collided with her when she had completed crossing three of the four lanes.

She fell to the ground and began bleeding. She was taken to hospital where she died from a severe traumatic head injury the following morning.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ben Mathias Tan told the court that Said was the leading vehicle when he executed the right turn, and there were no vehicles beside his van as well. His view was not blocked by any vehicles or structures.

He only realised what had happened when he heard a “knock” on the front of his van, said the prosecutor who sought four to six months' jail.

Said could have been jailed for up to three years or fined up to S$10,000, or punished with both. Those who cause death will be given a mandatory driving ban of at least eight years.

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