Driver in Penang bridge crash charged with reckless driving

Vaitheswaran M Kumaradevan, escorted by officers from the Central Seberang Perai police district.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The driver of the Toyota Vios which crashed into an SUV on the Penang bridge, causing it to flip into the channel, was charged with causing death by reckless or dangerous driving at the Magistrate’s Court here today.

Vaitheswaran M Kumaradevan, 21, was charged under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

He was accused of causing the death of Moey Yun Peng, 20, by reckless driving at KM4 (eastbound) of the Penang bridge at 3am on Jan 20.

He pleaded not guilty before magistrate Jamaliah Abd Manap. If convicted, he could be jailed a maximum of 10 years and/or fined a maximum of RM20,000.

Deputy public prosecutor Yusaini Amer Abd Karim asked for bail to be set at RM10,000.

However, Vaitheswaran’s lawyer, S Parameswaran, requested that his client be allowed bail of RM5,000 as he had been out of a job and is relying on his father to make ends meet.

Jamaliah set bail at RM7,000 with one surety and ordered that his driving licence be suspended until the end of the trial. She also ordered Vaitheswaran to check in at the nearest police station on a monthly basis.

She set March 18 for case mention.

Vaitheswaran, who was wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and cap, appeared calm in the dock.

He was bailed out by a family member after the charge.

A dash cam video of the incident which went viral on Facebook showed the black Toyota Vios zig-zagging between lanes before crashing into the Mazda CX-5 SUV.

The SUV flipped twice across three lanes, then slipped past the concrete guardrails and crashed into the sea.