3 months' jail for driver who caused fatal crash at Changi cargo area

Nigel Chin
(Yahoo Singapore file photo)

A lorry driver was sentenced to three months’ jail on Thursday (16 March) for his involvement in a motor accident that left one DHL employee dead and 10 others injured.

Delivery driver Ong Lye Cho, 49, was also disqualified from driving for five years over the incident, which took place on 3 June 2016 within the Changi Airfreight Centre. He had pleaded guilty to causing the death and injuries by a negligent act.

On the night of the accident, Ong had completed his task of delivering cargo to the SATS Cargo Centre, the statement of facts said. After clearing a security inspection at about 1.20am, Ong exited the SATS Airfreight Terminal via Gate 4 and failed to stop at the “stop line” as he made a left turn at a junction towards Airport Cargo Road.

As a result, he did not give way to a van ferrying the DHL employees, which then crashed into Ong’s lorry. The impact saw Hee Hong Fai, 37,  flung forward towards the van’s dashboard, while Ong lost control of his lorry and mounted two pavement kerbs before coming to a stop.

Resuscitative efforts on Hee proved to be fruitless and he was pronounced dead at 2.14am.

When asked for his mitigation plea, Ong offered his apologies to the deceased and the victims involved in the accident.

District Judge John Ng said that while Ong’s lapse was not a serious one, the “consequences and outcome were serious”, hence the harsher sentence.