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Man, 41, charged with drink driving in Tanjong Pagar Road accident that injured 4


Car driver Lim Kwong Fei was charged in the State Courts on Friday (8 December) with drink driving along Tanjong Pagar Road on Thursday (7 December) in an accident that left four pedestrians injured. Photo: Hannah Teoh/Yahoo News Singapore

The car driver who allegedly caused an accident along Tanjong Pagar Road that left four pedestrians injured was charged with one count of drink driving on Friday afternoon (8 December).

Lim Kwong Fei, a 41-year-old Singaporean, is accused of being under the influence of alcohol and failing to have proper control of his car, causing it to mount a divider and plough onto four pedestrians who were standing on the divider before driving against the flow of traffic and hitting a lorry and a taxi along the road.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that Lim has been married for three years. He was a top performing insurance agent under the Advisors Alliance Group (AAG) for Great Eastern (GE), and was part of a group of AAG agents who were planning to leave GE for AIA Financial Advisers.

On Thursday evening, eyewitnesses said a Mercedes-Benz car driven at high speed rammed into four pedestrians on a traffic island along the road opposite Amara Hotel at about 6:30pm. The car mounted a divider along the road and also hit a lorry and taxi on the other side.

The four casualties were sent to Singapore General Hospital.

Yahoo News Singapore understands that the injured are three men and a woman aged between 23 and 56 – the woman suffered abrasions, while one man had a fractured nose, another man had internal bleeding in the head and the third man, an Australian, had a spinal injury.

Suspected drink driving accident at Tanjong Pagar Road leaves 4 injured. Photo: Dhany Osman/Yahoo News Singapore

If found guilty for drink driving, Lim faces a fine of between $1,000 and $5,000 or to a jail term of up to six months. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, an offender faces a fine of between $3,000 and $10,000 and a jail term of up to 12 months.

Under new sentencing guidelines for drink driving offences set by the High Court in July, a driver who causes injury and/or property damage will be jailed except in exceptional cases, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

The length of the jail term will be depend on the severity of injury, how much alcohol the driver consumed and how dangerously he or she was driving.

The prosecution applied for a 6 weeks’ adjournment pending the medical reports for the accident victims and further investigations.

A bail of $15,000 offered has been offered for Lim, who intends to engage a lawyer. Lim, who has not indicated his plea, will appear again in court on 18 January.

— additional reporting by Wong Casandra

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