Driver responsible for AYE crash reaches settlement with injured couple

The couple involved in an accident along the Ayer Rajah Expressway last year, when a man drove his car into oncoming traffic, has reached a settlement with the driver in High Court.

Mr Teh Tze Yong and his wife Janice Choo, both 35, were on a motorcycle on their way to work when a Mercedes-Benz driven by Lim Chai Heng, 53, hurtled towards them on Dec 19 last year.

Lim's car caused a collision involving four cars, a motorcycle and a bus. The incident left one dead.

Madam Choo, an administration executive, broke her left leg while her husband, a forklift driver, had fractures on both hands and injured three fingers.

According to court documents, Lim has accepted full responsibility in a civil suit filed by Mr Teh and his wife. The exact amount of damages will be determined at a later court hearing.

The couple had put in a combined claim of about $553,000 against Lim for damages such as medical and transport expenses and loss of earnings.

The accident killed artist Jackie Liong, 37, who was driving a Toyota Vios. His wife, Ms Venny Oliver, 37, also in the vehicle, was injured.

A day after the accident, Lim was charged with causing death by reckless or dangerous driving. The criminal case is still pending.

Madam Choo told The Straits Times yesterday that she wished to settle the incident "as soon as possible".

"My husband and I just want this nightmare to be over so we can move on with our lives," Madam Choo, who has since returned to work, said in Mandarin.

After the accident, they had to live apart for about six months so that family members could take care of them, she added.