The 21 year old car driver who was involved in an accident with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) driven by a student that plunged into the sea at Penang Bridge last month has been charged in court on Monday (Feb 11).

The accused, M. Vaitheswaran, is charged with driving recklessly and causing death of Moey Yun Peng, 20, on the Penang Bridge at 3am on Jan 20.

He is charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 that carries a maximum of 10 years jail and a maximum fine of RM20,000 or both upon conviction.

M. Vaitheswaran pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Bail was set at RM10,000 but Vaitheswaran’s lawyer S. Parameswaran asked for RM5,000 as his client is no longer working as a hairdresser and his father who is an electrician makes a monthly income of RM2,500 to support the family.

The Magistrate then set RM7,000 bail under the order for Vaitheswaran’s driving license to be suspended until the case is over.

He is also ordered to report to the nearest police station monthly and fixed March 18 for mention of the case.

Moey’s body was found in the driver’s seat after the vehicle was retrieved from the sea.

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