Driver who killed cyclist in Tampines jailed 26 weeks

·Senior Reporter
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The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
The Singapore State Courts. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — A 49-year-old driver who sped and killed a cyclist was on Friday (2 July) jailed for 26 weeks and banned from driving for eight years.

Johnson Yap pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, by failing to keep a proper lookout ahead.

On 21 November 2019, Yap drove his car along Tampines Avenue 3 towards Tampines Ave 4. He sped on the second lane of the two-lane road.

After the junction of Tampines Avenue 3 and Tampines Street 83, he steered his car slightly to the right and continued speeding in between the first and second lanes.

The 64-year-old victim Shaukatullah Rahamathullah cycled across the road using the signalised pedestrian crossing at 8.13am, but the traffic light was not in his favour.

Yap noticed the victim about two car lengths before the crossing. He stepped on the brakes and sounded his horn, but it was too late. He was speeding in excess of the 50kmh limit for the road, according to court documents, which did not state his actual driving speed.

The victim was flung onto the windscreen and landed on the first lane of the road. The accident was captured on Yap's in-car camera.

The victim was sent to hospital with extensive skull fracture and exposed brain matter and bleeding. He was pronounced dead at 9.27am at Changi General Hospital.

Amarjit Singh Sidhu, the lawyer who represented Yap, had asked for a jail term of three months while the prosecution asked for seven to eight months.

For causing death by his manner of driving without reasonable consideration for other road users, Yap could have been jailed for up to three years and also fined up to $10,000.

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