KUALA KANGSAR: A trailer driver pleaded not guilty in the magistrate's court here today to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs which caused the deaths of five people last Saturday.
Mohd Zaidi Di, 41, was charged under Section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and faces a jail term of not less than three years and not exceeding 10 years and a fine of between the minimum of RM8,000 and maximum of RM20,000, if convicted.
The 11.47am incident involving a trailer lorry and a car on the north-bound lane of the North-South Expressway after the Menora Tunnel resulted in five people, including a baby boy, in the car burning to death.
The dead were Yew Poi Shy, 37, Teo Wee Tatt, 46, Shaw Swee Me, 42, Lee Len Ying, 60 and Yew Yi Chin, one.
Magistrate Noorhidayah Mohd Saad set Nov 9 for mention and ordered Mohd Zaidi's driving licence to be suspended.
DPP Azhar Mokhtar appeared for the prosecution while the accused was unrepresented. — Bernama