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NRI Bus Driver “Gunaselan R Subramaniam” Jailed for Causing
Accident Resulting in Passenger's Leg Amputation

Los Angeles/Mar 15, 2024 Singh

A tragic incident involving a Singapore-Johor Express bus has resulted in a passenger losing both her legs above the knee after being run over while alighting. Gunaselan R. Subramaniam, 45 years-old, the driver responsible for the accident, was sentenced to 3 weeks' imprisonment on March 15.

The Malaysian driver was also disqualified from obtaining or holding any classes of driving licenses for 2 years following his release, along with a two-year prohibition from driving any vehicles in Singapore.

Gunaselan was found guilty on March 8 of causing grievous hurt to Ms. Tuminah Sapie, who was 74 years old at the time, due to negligent driving. The incident occurred on June 24, 2019, at Woodlands Checkpoint departure concourse around 10.45am.

During the trial, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ariel Tan revealed that Gunaselan failed to perform necessary checks before driving off, as he was engaged in a conversation on his mobile phone. Testimonies from passengers confirmed this, with one witness recalling hearing him speak on the device while passengers were disembarking.

Ms. Tuminah, who was the last to exit the bus, recounted standing on the steps near the rear exit when she felt the vehicle move unexpectedly. Unable to maintain her balance, she fell out of the bus and her legs were subsequently run over.

Describing the harrowing ordeal, DPP Tan stated that Ms. Tuminah suffered severe injuries, including mangled limbs, multiple fractures, and degloving injuries in her groin and left lower limb. These injuries necessitated the amputation of both legs above the knees, constituting grievous harm.

The sentencing reflects the serious consequences of negligent driving and underscores the need for drivers to prioritize safety at all times, especially when operating public transportation vehicles.


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