It was a traffic accident which nobody wants to see it happening.
A Mercedes Benz driver went against the flow of traffic on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) in the direction of Tuas, at about 8am yesterday (Monday 19 December). The reckless driving of the driver has resulted in a multi-vehicle collision involving 4 cars, 1 motorcycle and 1 bus.
The 53-year old driver was travelling along the AYE towards Tuas Checkpoint, when he was believed to have made a U-turn suddenly and gone against the flow of traffic, hitting into several vehicles. As a result, a 37-year old male car driver was killed. The victim was trapped in his driver seat, and his body had to be extricated by Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel using hydraulic rescue tools.
When confronted by some motorists who stopped by to help, an adult man who is said to be the son of the driver, apologized. He said that his father was “having depression”. The police has arrested the driver for causing death by a rash act.
I am saddened to see quite a number of fellow Singaporeans jumping guns at the 53-year old Mercedes driver, expressing online comments that he should go die elsewhere if he really has depression.
Yes I am angry, and certainly agree that this man ought to be punished heavily for what has had happened yesterday morning. Terrible. Someone has died. Some people are hospitalised for their heavy injuries.
However let’s be objective, giving the man the benefit of doubt – what if it is certified true that the driver really has depression? Did he know what he is doing and what has had happened? Does he have the criminal intent to drive recklessly?
More importantly, what caused the Mercedes driver to drive so recklessly? Did something made him very emotional and agitated suddenly that the son could not hold him in restraint no matter how hard he could have tried? Why are these netizens also blaming the son?
I believe the adult son who was sitting beside his driver father, is also feeling sad and horrified to see this terrifying accident happening right before his own eyes. Especially if he knows that an innocent 37-year old father has died tragically as a result of his own father’s rash action.
Just because he isn’t someone we know, it does not give us all the ultimate right to curse him to die.
Who are we to judge a total stranger?
Don’t tell me these netizens never make mistakes at all?
We are not the accused. We do not know what problems or challenges that might have arisen for the Mercedes driver to go berserk before the mishap happened.
We do not know the whole story.
We should stay calm and rational, and wait for the police to find out the entire truth.
My deepest sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased, Mr Jackie Liong Kuo Hwa.
(Note: If you happen to see photos of the AYE accident victim Mr Jackie Liong Kuo Hwa being killed and trapped in his car, please don’t circulate it online. We should be sensitive to the feelings of his family members, relatives and friends.)