Bridge crash driver charged


BUKIT MERTAJAM: The driver accused of causing the death of a college student, whose vehicle plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge last month, pleaded not guilty at the magistrate’s court here.

Clad in a black T-shirt, jeans and a cap, M. Vaitheswaran, 21, calmly nodded when the charge was read out to him at 9.30am yesterday.

He was charged under the Road Transport Act for driving recklessly and causing the death of Moey Yun Peng, 20, at the fourth kilometre of the mainland-bound side of the bridge at about 3am on Jan 20.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years’ jail or a RM20,000 fine, or both.

DPP Yusaini Amir Abd Karim proposed bail at RM10,000 but Vaitheswaran’s lawyer S. Parames­waran asked for it to be lowered to RM5,000.

Magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap then set bail at RM7,000 with one surety and ordered Vaitheswaran’s driving licence to be suspended until the case is over.

She also ordered Vaitheswaran to report to the nearest police station monthly and fixed March 18 for mention of the case.

He posted bail.

None of the family members of the accused or the victim were present in court.

after leaving the court, Vaithe-s­waran was whisked away in a car believed to be driven by a family member.

The SUV driven by Moey plunged into the sea after another vehicle collided with it.

Moey’s body was found strapped to the driver’s seat after the vehicle was retrieved from the sea three days later.