Man jailed for seven months for hit-and-run and cover-up
A HIT-AND-RUN driver - who knocked over a pedestrian and her dog while driving home from a pub, then arranged for repairs to cover up the damage to his car - was jailed for seven months.
A district court yesterday heard that Edwin Cheng Dawei had celebrated his birthday at Liang Court. He was on his way home on Aug 16, 2014, when he knocked down Chen Wei Wei along Thomson Road.
The 41-year-old IT manager suffered a broken elbow and injuries to her head, leg and body while the dog's body was found a short distance ahead.
She was warded for 18 days.
Cheng, 34, a regional sales manager, was also banned from driving for five years.
He admitted to four out of six charges: intentionally obstructing the course of justice; grievously hurting Ms Chen by doing an act so negligently as to endanger life; failing to render help after serious injuries were caused to the pedestrian; and moving his Mercedes-Benz SLK without authority.
Assistant Public Prosecutor Andrew Low said Cheng was driving on Thomson Road at 1.55am when he hit Ms Chen near the junction of Jalan Merlimau. He stopped his car outside a petrol kiosk down the road and said he was involved in an accident. A petrol kiosk attendant detected a strong smell of alcohol from him.
He later asked his friend to get the car repaired in his absence as he was going overseas.
Police tracked him down five days later.
Two other charges were taken into consideration. Cheng had traffic-related convictions in 2000 and 2002, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
He could have been jailed for seven years and/or fined for obstructing the course of justice. For causing grievous hurt, he could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.