Indian national jailed in Singapore

The lorry driver, Mutukrishnan Gunasekaran, 39, was also banned from driving for six years by a District Court yesterday.

Singapore: An Indian national has been sentenced to 20 months in jail for drunk driving a lorry which rammed into three pedestrians - all his fellow countrymen, last year, killing one of them.

The lorry driver, Mutukrishnan Gunasekaran, 39, was also banned from driving for six years by a District Court yesterday.

25-year-old Natarajan Sugumar died on the spot from multiple injuries in the lorry crash on February 14, 2010.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Crystal Tan Yan Shi said Gunasekaran drank whiskey with a friend at a coffee house and drove the lorry against the flow of traffic to dormitory, newspaper reported.

He swerved the vehicle to the left to avoid a crash with an oncoming taxi, but hit the three innocent bystanders.

The second injured bystander had his two toes amputated and the third suffered a brain injury.

Pala Venkata Nageswara, 29, who drank whiskey with Gunasekaran and took a ride in the lorry, was also hospitalised because of injuries.

The report said Gunasekaran was jailed for causing Sugumar`s death through a rash act and grievous hurt to the others.

PTI

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