June 28 case management for Penang bridge crash

The crash which saw an SUV careening out of control and plunging into the sea occurred on Jan 20. (Bernama pic)

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Magistrate’s Court here has set June 28 for the case management of a former saloon employee accused of causing the death of college student Moey Yun Peng, 20, when the sports utility vehicle (SUV) he was driving plunged into the sea from the Penang bridge in January.

Judge Ahzal Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin, who heard the case management, set the date to enable the accused’s lawyer, S Parameswaran, to study two new forensic reports received just today.

K Vaitheswaran, 21, was charged under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which provides for a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine of RM20,000 and the loss of driving licence for three years upon conviction.

He was charged with committing the offence at KM4.0 of the Penang bridge heading to Perai at about 3am on Jan 20.

Vaitheswaran was said to be driving a Toyota Vios which collided with the SUV driven by Moey, resulting in the Mazda CX-5 losing control and plunging into the sea.

He pleaded not guilty when the charge was read for the first time on Feb 11 and was allowed bail at RM7,000 with one surety.

The court also ordered that his driving licence be suspended until the case is settled.

Prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Nur Afiqah Zakaria.