SEREMBAN: A 51-year-old stage bus driver claimed trial at the Magistrate's Court here Friday (June 14) for causing the death of a 17-year-old student and serious injuries to eight others by driving recklessly last month.
Othman Ibrahim pleaded not guilty before magistrate Norzaliza Tesmin after the interpreter read him the charges.
He was charged with causing the death of Kuala Klawang Vocational College student Muhammad Firdaus Syahrul Azam by driving a MyBas stage bus recklessly along Jalan Pantai-Bukit Tangga at around 3.30pm on May 23.
For this, Othman was charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which provides a jail term of between two and 10 years' jail upon conviction.
He also faces a fine of between RM5,000 and RM20,000 if found guilty.
The accused was also charged under Section 43(1) Road Transport Act 1987 with causing serious injuries to eight other students.
They were Nur Aina Syazwani Nazri, Nurul Farah Izzati Mohd Nor, Nur Anis Nabilah Mohd Faizal, Nurin Ainun Nabilah Fauji, Iman Danial Abdullah (all 17), R. Janagan 16, K. Sharveswary, 15 and R. Mahendran, 14.
If found guilty, he can be fined between RM4,000 and RM10,000 and jailed up to a year and have his driving license suspended.
Magistrate Norzaliza then set bail at RM22,000 and fixed July 19 for remention.
There were 35 passengers in the bus when it collided with a sports utility vehicle.
Of the 35, 20 were students of Kuala Klawang Vocational College, Kuala Klawang Mara Junior Science College (14) and a member of the public.
Both vehicles were heading towards Seremban from Kuala Klawang when the incident happened.