Fatal BKE accident: Van driver charged with causing deaths of 2 motorcyclists via rash act

Elena Chong
The Straits Times
Monday, Mar 13, 2017

SINGAPORE - A 24-year-old deliveryman was on Monday (March 13) charged with two counts of causing the deaths of two motorcyclists by doing a rash act in an accident along Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) on Saturday (March 11).

Koh Boon Ping, a Singaporean, was arrested on Saturday after his van drove into several motorcyclists who were taking shelter under a flyover on the BKE.

His driving licence was suspended immediately.

Sporting dyed hair, Koh was clad in a green T-shirt and a pair of dark blue bermudas when he appeared in court. He was offered bail of $15,000.

He is alleged to have caused the deaths of Malaysians Loke Whay Mam, 50, and Lim Chun Hong, 34, by failing to keep a proper lookout while driving along BKE towards Woodlands Checkpoint at about 3.50pm that day.

Court documents say that he collided into the two men while they were standing with their motorbikes on the road shoulder.

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A 1½-minute long clip, which was widely circulated, showed six men lying on the road.

One had been flung over the railing along the road and was on the grass patch. Two others were lying on the road, motionless and bleeding.

Mr Loke and Mr Lim were pronounced dead at the scene. Six other injured motorcyclists were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

The case is fixed for further mention on March 27.

If convicted of causing death by doing a rash act, Koh could be jailed for up to five years and/or fined on each charge.

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