Motorcyclist in hit-and-run on pedestrian crossing charged

By Opalyn Mok
Nazri Che Lah was charged with causing death due to reckless driving. — Picture by Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, April 10 — A motorcyclist was charged here today with reckless driving after he allegedly hit and killed a woman at a pedestrian crossing.

The 44-year-old who works on a ship also had his driving license suspended by Magistrate Mohamad Amin Shahul Hamid pending his case in court.

Nazri Che Lah, who was unrepresented, claimed trial to riding his motorcycle recklessly and causing the death of 58-year-old Foo Swee Wah.

He allegedly committed the offence along Burma Road at about 10.30am on April 6.

He was charged under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 with causing death due to reckless driving, which carries a jail sentence of between two and 10 years and a fine of between RM5,000 and RM20,000 upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Nurul Fatin Hussin offered a bail sum of RM15,000, but Mohamad Amin fixed the bail sum at RM10,000 with one surety.

The magistrate fixed May 29 for mention of the case to allow the accused time to appoint a lawyer.

Last week, a video of the accident in which a motorcyclist rammed into Foo before riding off without stopping was shared on social media and became viral, with netizens calling for action against the motorcyclist.

The 58-year-old coffee shop owner, who suffered severe head injuries and a broken leg, died in hospital later that day.