A lorry driver pleaded not guilty in the Tapah magistrate’s court yesterday to the charge of reckless or dangerous driving which caused the death of nine people in a road crash in Tapah last Oct.
Muhamad Eizat Hazmi, 22, made the plea after the charge was read to him before magistrate Mohd Harith Mohd Mazlan.
According to the charge sheet, Muhamad Eizat was allegedly driving the vehicle recklessly, causing the death of nine individuals at KM45 Ipoh-Teluk Intan road at about 6.45am on Oct 28, 2017.
The charge under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine not exceeding RM20,000, as well as suspension of the driving licence, upon conviction.
While appealing for a lower bail, lawyer Ranjit Singh said Muhammad Eizat was still working as a driver for the same company, earning about RM1,000.
“His father is also present in court and will ensure that he will be present for the trial,” he said.
The court allowed the accused bail of RM6,000 and set Feb 27 for case mention.
In the last Oct 28 incident, the lorry laden with ice and driven by Muhamad Eizat collided with a van carrying nine people, a 33-year-old male van driver and eight women aged between 55 and 82 years, killing them.
The women, friends from Ayer Kuning New Village, were on their way to work at a nearby ‘sengkuang’ (Chinese turnip) farm.
Prior to slamming into the van, the lorry had also crashed into another car.