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    Feb 26, 2016

    Jail, driving ban for man who causes second road death

    IN 2008, he was fined and given a five-year driving ban for causing the death of a motorcyclist along an expressway.

    After the ban ended in July 2013, Jason Chia Junjie had to retake the driving test but did not.

    Yet, he drove a car without a licence and caused another death when he hit a Chinese national in Geylang.

    In October 2014, the coffee shop assistant was driving a car rented by his brother when he hit a pedestrian at the signalised cross junction of Geylang Road and Lorong 22 Geylang.

    Chia fled after the collision without stopping or helping the severely injured pedestrian, Li Yong, 34, a supervisor, who died about 19 hours later from a head injury.

    Earlier this month, Chia, 34, pleaded guilty to causing death through negligence and four other offences.

    Two other charges were considered during his sentencing.

    Yesterday, District Judge John Ng sentenced him to 10 months' jail and banned him from driving for 10 years.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Michael Quilindo said Chia was driving his brother's rented Mazda car from Lorong 8 Geylang without his permission at about 1am on Oct 13, 2014.

    At about 4.15am, he was driving in the centre lane of Geylang Road when he rammed into Mr Li at the traffic light cross junction with Lorong 22.

    It is not known whether the traffic lights were in Chia's favour.

    Mr Li died in hospital at 10.55pm that day. He had multiple skull fractures and broken ribs.

    When Chia told his family about the incident, they advised him to turn himself in. But he did so only about 24 hours later as the police were looking for him.

    In his submissions, DPP Quilindo said Chia had a bad driving history, had caused the death of another person and shown a "propensity to be careless behind the wheel''.

    He said Chia's decision to evade the authorities was extremely aggravating.

    Chia's lawyers Mervyn Tan and Vanessa Tan said he was deeply remorseful for his wrongdoings.

    Chia could have been jailed for up to two years and fined for negligently causing death.

    He could have been fined up to $1,000 or jailed for up to three months for each of the offences of driving without a licence, using a vehicle without insurance coverage and failing to stop after an accident.

    The maximum punishment for failing to help is a $3,000 fine and 12 months' jail plus disqualification.