A man whose negligent driving killed a pregnant woman and hurt her mother-in-law last May was sentenced to five weeks’ jail at the State Courts on Thursday (19 April).
Neo Khiam Huat, 47, was also disqualified from driving for three years.
According to court documents, it was just before 8am on 13 May 2017 when Neo turned his lorry out of a HDB carpark and onto Jurong West Avenue 1 heading towards Corporation Road. There was only light traffic that day, with dry roads and clear visibility.
A pregnant Goh Chieh Ting, 25, and her mother-in-law Chew Kah Chin, 53, were crossing the road and had nearly reached the central divider when Neo knocked them down. The nearest pedestrian crossing was more than 50m away.
Goh, who was six to seven months into her pregnancy, was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. She died of multiple injuries soon after but doctors managed to resuscitate her severely premature baby before transferring the child to the neonatal intensive care unit at the National University Hospital.
Chew escaped with relatively minor injuries and Goh’s baby was discharged on 6 October.
Neo faced one charge of causing death by a negligent act for killing Goh and another charge of causing hurt for knocking down Chew.
He could have been jailed up to two years and fined for the first charge. For the second charge, Chew could have been jailed up to six months fined up to $2,500, or both.
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