Cabbie accused of causing 19-year-old NUS student's death at Clementi Road junction
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Why must take 5 years when can implement NOW!
What are Putumayam, Lan Min Pin and Selfie Baey doing? 5

Quote:A former taxi driver was charged on Friday (11 January) with causing the death of a 19-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) female undergraduate whom he was ferrying following an accident with a car in Clementi last year.

Yap Kok Hua, 55, is accused of causing student Kathy Ong Kai Ting’s death by doing a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide.

The taxi that Yap was driving collided with the car at the junction of Clementi Road and Commonwealth Avenue West on 19 April 2018.

While he was making a discretionary right turn into Clementi Road, from Commonwealth Avenue West, Yap allegedly failed to give way to the car travelling straight from the opposite direction which purportedly had the right of way.

Yap, who is being represented by pro bono lawyers Josephus Tan and Cory Wong of Invictus Law Corporation, was granted bail of $10,000. The case will be mentioned in court again on 1 February.

If found guilty of the charge, Yap faces up to two years’ jail along with a fine.
Victim was in back seat

According to previous media reports, Ong, an only child, was travelling in Yap’s taxi with three other NUS undergraduates. She was sitting in the back passenger seat.

Another student who was sitting in the front passenger seat had to be extricated by firemen with hydraulic rescue tools. All four students as well as the taxi and car drivers were sent to hospital.

A video of the accident was put up on the ROADS.sg Facebook group and widely shared.
Accidents sparked change

The fatal accident was one of two that occured in the same week involving vehicles that had made discretionary right turns at traffic junctions.

On 22 April last year, a 23-year-old woman died after a crash between a car and a bus at the junction of Jalan Anak Bukit and Jalan Jurong Kechil in Bukit Timah. She was seated in the back of the right-turning car.

The high profile accidents sparked an online petition, “Change traffic light rules to prevent further casualties,” for the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to do away with the discretionary right turn. It garnered 16,000 signatures.

In the same month, LTA announced that it would phase out the discretionary right turn at traffic junctions in Singapore in the next five years.

LTA had previously justified the discretionary right turn for optimising the overall efficiency of Singapore’s road junctions. With the phased removal of discretionary right turns, motorists will have to wait for the green arrow sign before making a right turn.
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#2
This taxi driver deserve a heavy sentence. Drive unsafely at the expense of passengers' life. Sometimes, I dreaded taking taxi unless no choice, like getting to airport and back home from trip.
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11-1-2019 10:46 PM
luncheonmeat said:
Why must take 5 years when can implement NOW!
What are Putumayam, Lan Min Pin and Selfie Baey doing? 5
Putum and Lan most likely busy learning how to take nice cute selfie from Baey. thumbs up Big Grin
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#4
When intake taxi, notmally i pit pillow all around me. At least can cushion a bit.
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Believe the car driver with the vehicle travelling straight from the opposite direction should also be liable for speed driving & negligence. He or she can have reduced the impact or even avoided the fatal crash with the taxi.........
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Quote:While he was making a discretionary right turn into Clementi Road, from Commonwealth Avenue West, Yap allegedly failed to give way to the car travelling straight from the opposite direction which purportedly had the right of way.

Many drivers are like that.
Never bother to stop, just move out.
Even at zebra crossing also like that.
For them, to slow down means rght leg need to shift to the middle brake peddle, you know lah, right leg very heavy to move to the middle!
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Quote:If found guilty of the charge, Yap faces up to two years’ jail along with a fine.
Victim was in back seat

Wow, so good!
Only 2 years jail and fine only.
1 life lost cos of his selfish act!
Yet our law sooooo good to all the drivers.
Can kill people only jail 2 years.
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12-1-2019 7:26 AM
ZhuMingQiang said:
Believe the car driver with the vehicle travelling straight from the opposite direction should also be liable for speed driving & negligence. He or she can have reduced the impact or even avoided the fatal crash with the taxi.........

After all, the crash is created by the driver of this vehicle. If I'm the defence lawyer, I will bring it up to the judge to either reduce or acquit the charge/s against the unlucky taxi driver........
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Recently I was jogging, I slow down at the zebra crossing, it is a 2 lane zebra crossing, the first lorry slow down for me to walk, while I walked (I never jog especially zebra crossing) to lane, a car just zoomed pass me.
I point middle finger at the young driver.
I should have throw my water bottle at his fooking car!
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