A witness told the Magistrate’s Court here the sequence of events that eventually led to them learning it was his friend, Moey Yun Peng, who died after the car he was in plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge last year.
Tan Wei Jie, 22, said he had read news about an accident involving a car which had plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge, but was unaware the incident involved Moey until he watched a viral video of the crash involving a white Mazda CX-5 car.
He told the court he began to feel uneasy as he recognised the vehicle.
“That Thursday morning (Jan 20,2019), I read the news in Kwong Wah Yit Poh, a Chinese-language newspaper. At that time I did not suspect anything, as there was no mention on the car involved in the accident.
“It was only at 2pm when I saw a video of the crash on Facebook,” he said.
He added that he recognised Moey’s car and immediately called his telephone several times, which went unanswered.
Tan was testifying at the trial of former hairdressing salon worker, K. Vaitheswaran, 21, who was charged with causing the death of Moey, a college student, whose sports utility vehicle (SUV) crashed into the sea from Penang Bridge on Jan 20 last year.
On Feb 11 last year, Vaitheswaran was charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries an imprisonment of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of RM20,000, as well as disqualification from holding or obtaining a driving licence for up three years, if found guilty.
After that, Tan said he and a few friends met at a coffee shop before going to look for Moey’s father at his house in Raja Uda, Butterworth as they were unable to call their friend on the phone.
“We also contacted Moey’s girlfriend who said she did not know about the crash. She said she could contact Moey’s mother to check.
“Moey’s girlfriend then told us that Moey’s mother had not seen her son since the day before,” said Tan.
After speaking to Moey’s father at his house, they went together to the Butterworth police station to lodge a report and inquire about the crash, but were told to go to Bukit Mertajam police station.
“At the Bukit Mertajam police station, we were shown a mobile phone and a car registration number plate. We called Moey’s number and the telephone rang.
“The car registration number plate bore Moey’s car registration number. Because of that we were certain Moey was involved in the crash,” he said.
Earlier, Tan, who was Moey’s friend since they were in secondary school, said on the night before the crash (Jan 19,2019), he, Moey, Vaitheswaran (the accused) and a few others had attended a friend’s birthday celebration at a pub at Love Land here and were there between 10pm and to 2.20am the next day.
After the party ended, Tan said he was sent home by a friend, Tan Yiew Jing, who also took along Moey, who had left his car at the Yiew Jing’s house.
The hearing continues on April 27. – Bernama