Lorry driver claims trial to DUI charge after 5 burned to death

Bernama pic

KUALA KANGSAR: A trailer lorry driver pleaded not guilty in the Magistrate’s Court here today to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs which caused the deaths of five people last Saturday.

Mohd Zaidi Di, 41, was charged under Section 44 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. He faces a jail term of not less than three years and not exceeding 10 years, and a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000, if convicted.

The 11.47am incident involving a trailer lorry and a car on the north-bound lane of the North-South Expressway after the Menora Tunnel resulted in the five car passengers, including a baby boy, burning to death.

The victims were Yew Poi Shy, 37; Teo Wee Tatt, 46; Shaw Swee Me, 42; Lee Len Ying, 60; and Yew Yi Chin, one.

Magistrate Noorhidayah Mohd Saad set Nov 9 for mention and ordered for Zaidi’s driving licence to be suspended.

Deputy public prosecutor Azhar Mokhtar appeared for the prosecution while the accused was unrepresented.