Fa­tal ‘wrong-way’ crash driver ac­quit­ted of drug of­fence

New Straits Times - - News -

BUKIT MER­TA­JAM: The 19-yearold woman who drove against the flow of traf­fic along the NorthSouth Ex­press­way (NSE) on March 14, which re­sulted in a fa­tal ac­ci­dent, was ac­quit­ted by the mag­is­trate’s court here of ad­min­is­ter­ing drugs to her­self.

Mag­is­trate Ja­maliah Abd Manap ac­quit­ted Ng Pei Ven af­ter deputy pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ka­mal­iza Md Zin told the court dur­ing men­tion pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day that Ng’s urine tested neg­a­tive.

“Your urine test came out neg­a­tive. You are ac­quit­ted and dis­charged. You can ask your bailor to take back the bail money,” she said.

On March 17, Ng claimed trial to the charge of ad­min­is­ter­ing drugs to her­self un­der Sec­tion 15(1)(a) of the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act, 1952. The of­fence car­ries a fine of up to RM5,000 or a jail term of up to two years, upon con­vic­tion.

At the same pro­ceed­ings, Ja­maliah also fixed July

5 for sub­mis­sion of doc­u­ments on a sec­ond charge to which Ng claimed trial on March 24.

She was al­leged to have driven un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs to the ex­tent of be­ing in­ca­pable of con­trol­ling her ve­hi­cle and caus­ing the death of Mo­hamad Fandi Rosli, 26, at Km134 of the NSE at 7.50am on March 14. She was charged un­der Sec­tion 44(1)(a) of the Road Trans­port Act 1987 which car­ries a jail sen­tence of be­tween three and 10 years, fine of be­tween RM8,000 and RM20,000, and her driv­ing li­cence be­ing sus­pended for five years, upon con­vic­tion.

In the March 14 in­ci­dent, Ng had al­legedly driven her car at high speed against the flow of traf­fic along the NSE af­ter the Sun­gai Dua toll on main­land But­ter­worth and trig­gered a mul­ti­ve­hi­cle col­li­sion.

Her Pro­ton Gen 2 struck a Pero­dua Kelisa driven by Fandi, which led to a chain of col­li­sions. Fandi died at the scene.

Ng and the driv­ers of four other ve­hi­cles sus­tained mi­nor in­juries. Video footage of her driv­ing against the flow of traf­fic went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia.

Ng Pei Ven

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