Lorry driver jailed eight months for fatal crash
He did not slow down while he was making a right turn at the junction of Bukit Batok Road and Jurong Town Hall Road.
Lorry driver Selvarasu Baskar, 27, also failed to stop at the right turning pocket and check for oncoming traffic as he was heading towards the Pan Island Expressway around 5.40am on Jan 5.
As a result, a white Mercedes-Benz, which had the right of way, hit the left side of his lorry before bursting into flames.
The driver, vegetable wholesaler Wong For Choon, 63, was trapped in his car, and Singapore Civil Defence Force officers had to extricate him with hydraulic rescue tools.
He was pronounced dead at the scene about 30 minutes later. An autopsy later revealed that Mr Wong died of multiple fractures to his skull.
Selvarasu, an Indian national, was yesterday jailed eight months and disqualified from driving for eight years after pleading guilty to one count of performing a rash act.
The New Paper reported on Jan 6 that Mr Wong was driving from Pasir Panjang to his home in Choa Chu Kang when the accident happened.
According to court documents, he was travelling along Jurong Town Hall Road towards Bukit Batok Road.
The impact caused both vehicles to veer to the right, and Mr Wong's car caught fire.
Selvarasu was flung through the windscreen of the lorry, which continued to surge forward. It hit the front right portion of a stationary trailer before stopping.
He was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and given two days of medical leave.
For committing the rash act, Selvarasu could have been jailed up to five years and fined.