The cabbie who knocked down the financial planner after a minor accident, and subsequently causing the death of the latter, had been found guilty of rash act. He will be sentenced next month.

I’m not sure what was going on through the cabbie’s mind when he knocked the person down. Being a town area, I am sure that he’s aware of his own acts. Are the taxi companies coming down too hard on the taxi drivers to the extent that some are beginning to have pressure to work harder to pay for the ever raising costs of driving a cab (especially rent)? Will this lead to more drivers not thinking before they do something silly… like racing down the expressway?

Then again, I don’t mind a racing cab as long as he has control; but isn’t speed and control an oxymoron?

THE taxi driver who drove off with a man sprawled on the bonnet of his cab and caused him to fall off was yesterday convicted of causing death by committing a rash act.

District Judge Victor Yeo ruled that the evidence against relief taxi driver Lee Yuet Kong was “overwhelming” and that his defence was a “non-starter”. He said Lee’s “wilful disregard” for the life and safety of financial planner Alex Lim Wee Chong was “obvious” given the anger and distress of the witnesses in the trial.

At about 9.20pm on April 9 this year, Mr Lim, 30, and Lee, 68, were involved in a minor accident along Paterson Road. An argument ensued after both drivers pulled over minutes later along Scotts Road.

To stop Lee from leaving before giving his particulars, Mr Lim stood in front of the taxi, but the cab driver moved off nonetheless, throwing him onto the bonnet. Lee then accelerated and braked abruptly, causing Mr Lim to fall backwards and hit his head on the road.

Mr Lim fell into a coma and died about a month later in hospital.

The judge also described Lee as being “vague and evasive” during the trial, and slammed Lee’s account that Mr Lim had jumped onto the cab’s bonnet as “far-fetched” and a “mere afterthought”. Refuting Lee’s claim that he was afraid of Mr Lim, the judge added that there was “no evidence to remotely suggest that (Mr Lim) was going to be violent”.

Lee will be sentenced on Dec 3. — Teo Xuanwei

THE taxi driver who drove off with a man sprawled on the bonnet of his cab and caused him to fall off was yesterday convicted of causing death by committing a rash act.

District Judge Victor Yeo ruled that the evidence against relief taxi driver Lee Yuet Kong was “overwhelming” and that his defence was a “non-starter”. He said Lee’s “wilful disregard” for the life and safety of financial planner Alex Lim Wee Chong was “obvious” given the anger and distress of the witnesses in the trial.

At about 9.20pm on April 9 this year, Mr Lim, 30, and Lee, 68, were involved in a minor accident along Paterson Road. An argument ensued after both drivers pulled over minutes later along Scotts Road.

To stop Lee from leaving before giving his particulars, Mr Lim stood in front of the taxi, but the cab driver moved off nonetheless, throwing him onto the bonnet. Lee then accelerated and braked abruptly, causing Mr Lim to fall backwards and hit his head on the road.

Mr Lim fell into a coma and died about a month later in hospital.

The judge also described Lee as being “vague and evasive” during the trial, and slammed Lee’s account that Mr Lim had jumped onto the cab’s bonnet as “far-fetched” and a “mere afterthought”. Refuting Lee’s claim that he was afraid of Mr Lim, the judge added that there was “no evidence to remotely suggest that (Mr Lim) was going to be violent”.

Lee will be sentenced on Dec 3. — Teo Xuanwei

Article obtained from todayonline.com on 18th November 2007



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