Charge changed from driving under the influence of drugs to reckless driving.
A teenage part-time model who drove against traffic on the North-South Expressway in March, causing a fatal accident, has been charged with reckless driving.
Ng Pei Ven, 19, was charged under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987 with driving recklessly to the extent of causing the death of Mohamad Fandi Rosli, 26.
If convicted, she faces a jail term of not less than two years and a fine of not less than RM5,000.
Ng pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Magistrate’s Court in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.
Her driving licence has been suspended for the duration of the trial.
Ng was initially charged with driving under the influence of drugs to the extent that she was incapable of controlling her vehicle, resulting in a death, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.
She was unaccompanied by her lawyer during the case mention.
The magistrate set Aug 28 for next mention and ordered that her lawyer be present.
Ng allegedly drove against traffic for five kilometres on the North-South Expressway from the Sungai Dua toll plaza to Butterworth on Mar 14.
Her car crashed into a Perodua Kelisa, killing the driver on the spot, at the 134km mark near Permatang Pauh at 7.50am. Four other vehicles were also damaged in the accident.
Accompanied by her mother, Ng left the courthouse quickly after the mention.
Earlier report: Jun 2, Yet Another Motorist Speeding Against Traffic on Highway!