A man who drove into a group of women, killing two, outside the Lucky Plaza shopping mall late last year was charged in court this morning with dangerous driving.
Chong Kim Hoe, 64, did not enter a plea after he was charged with three counts under the Road Traffic Act over the December incident. The six women, all from the Philippines, were picnicking behind the shopping mall on the afternoon of Dec. 29 when Chong ploughed his car into them, sending them flying onto a service road one floor down.
Two of the women; Abigail Danao Leste, 41, and Arlyn Picar Nucos, 50; died in hospital while the other four were injured. All of them worked as domestic helpers.
The others were Arceli Picar Nucos, 56, Egnal Layugan Limbauan, 44, and Demet Limbauan Limbauan, 37, and Laila Flores Laudencia, 44. All have since been discharged from hospitals.
CCTV footage that circulated online showed the driver make a U-turn in front of the mall’s drop-off point on Nutmeg Road before suddenly accelerating and crashing into the women, shocking dozens of onlookers outside the mall, a famous spot among foreign workers on Sundays.
Chong, a permanent resident originally from Malaysia, is out on a S$15,000 (about US$11,000) bond and is expected to return to court on Sept. 25. If found guilty for fatal dangerous driving, he faces between two and eight years in jail and could be disqualified from driving for a decade.