Ferrari driver was not intoxicated: HSA report
Posted on July 13, 2012, Friday
SINGAPORE: The driver of the Ferrari involved in a horrific crash at the junction of Rochor Road and Victoria Street in May had not consumed alcohol or taken controlled drugs before getting behind the wheel, AsiaOne reported.
Contrary to speculation that the driver, Chinese national Ma Chi, 31, had been drunk, a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) toxicology report showed no detectable traces of intoxicating substances, such as drugs and alcohol.
my paper first got wind of the report findings about two weeks ago and viewed the document from a source yesterday.
On May 12, the Ferrari allegedly beat a red light and crashed into a ComfortDelGro taxi, which then hit a motorcycle at the junction.
Mr Ma, a financial investor from Sichuan, died at the scene, while cabby Cheng Teck Hock, 52, died in hospital along with his Japanese passenger, Ms Shigemi Ito, 41.
Both the motorcyclist and a female passenger in the Ferrari were injured.
The female passenger had earlier been identified in media reports as Ms Wu Wei Wei, a student from Wuhan, China, who is said to be in her 20s.
She was said to have been at a graduation party with her classmates just hours before the crash. It is unclear how she knew Mr Ma.
Mr Ma’s family released a statement to my paper yesterday.
It said: “We are glad that the scientific reports are out and will help in the investigations. We will miss (Mr Ma) very much and we will continue to follow the Singapore laws as to what we should do next.
“It has been a very difficult time for the family to lose a father and husband so suddenly.”
Mr Ma’s family is represented by law firm Drew & Napier.
Mr Ma’s wife, Madam He Tingting, 28, who was heavily pregnant at the time of the crash, is said to have given birth to the couple’s second child about two to three weeks ago.
They also have a four-year-old daughter.
Less than a week after the crash, Madam He apologised to the families of the taxi driver and his passenger, who were killed by Mr Ma’s “driving error”.
In a post on Weibo, a popular website among Chinese nationals, she said that her family “will not ignore the matter”, reported Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao.
Sources told my paper that Mr Ma’s family is currently in discussion with AXA Singapore over the issue of insurance coverage following the crash.
Two weeks after the May 12 incident, a Lexus driven by 30-year-old Kelvin Seah Koon Yong allegedly beat a red light and crashed into a taxi at the same junction.
Seah has been charged with drink driving and driving dangerously.
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