AYE accident: 53-year-old man charged with causing death by reckless driving

One of the vehicles allegedly involved in a fatal accident along the AYE near Tuas West Road on 19 December 2016. Photo: Nurul Zaidy/Facebook

A 53-year-old man was charged on Tuesday (20 December) for allegedly making a U-turn and driving against the flow of traffic along the Ayer Rajah Expressway on Monday, causing an accident that killed a man and injured four others.

Police said in a statement that the man was charged with the offence of causing death by reckless or dangerous driving. If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to five years.

Yahoo Singapore understands that the accused is Lim Chai Heng, who was charged in National University Hospital, where the injured persons were conveyed to after the accident. The accused is expected to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the Institute of Mental Health.

The accused, who was with a passenger believed to be his son, was said to be driving a silver Mercedes in the accident, which involved three other cars, a motorcycle and a private bus.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspect was travelling along AYE towards Tuas Checkpoint where he was believed to have made a U-turn and travelled against the flow of traffic along AYE (Tuas). He then collided into several vehicles,” police said in a separate statement on Monday.

The 37-year-old victim was Liong Kuo Hwa, a media personality who had appeared in local films, TV programmes and commercials.