Following last month’s horrific car accident on the Penang Bridge, resulting in the death of Moey Yun Peng, the other driver, K. Vaitheswaran, entered his not guilty plea today.
Having his charges read aloud in Tamil at a Bukit Mertajam court this morning, the suspect denied the accusations of reckless driving before a Magistrate’s court. If found guilty, K. Vaitheswaran could face up to ten years in prison, or a RM20,000 (US$5,000) fine, or both.
While the prosecution asked for a bail of RM10,000, the suspect’s lawyer asked for the figure to be lowered, explaining that his client no longer worked at a hair salon. Settling on a bail of RM7,000, his next court date is set for March 18.
In the early morning hours of January 20, the suspect and Moey, who were reportedly friends, were returning home to the mainland area of Penang driving separate cars when they were involved in a traffic accident at kilometer four of the bridge.
Dash-cam video from another uninvolved vehicle showed Vaitheswaran’s black Vios accelerating at what appeared to be a high speed, and then colliding with his friend’s SUV. Moey’s vehicle was subsequently thrown into the dark waters below, only to be recovered over 24-hours later, with the victim’s body still trapped inside.
Police reported that the suspect tested positive for marijuana.