Tampines hit-and-run driver charged

Tong Chee Wei.

His black Mitsubishi car struck two 12-year-old boys, believed to be brothers, on Sunday.

One boy fell at the front right wheel, and the other was sent hurtling.

The driver allegedly fled the scene.

But the law caught up with Tong Chee Wei, 32, Thursday, as he was charged in court.

Tong faced five charges: driving while under disqualification, dangerous driving, third party risks, failing to stop, as well as failing to render assistance after the accident.

Court documents revealed that he had failed to obey the red light signal while driving along Tampines Avenue 7, towards the direction of Loyang Avenue.

He then went straight across the pedestrian crossing, colliding with the two boys who were crossing the road.

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One boy suffered abrasions on his face, hands and legs, while the other dislocated his right elbow and had abrasions on his hands andlegs.

Tong was arrested at his Tampines home within three hours of the incident. At the time of the alleged offences, Tong had been disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for 11/2 years, starting Feb 22 this year.

Yesterday, Tong, who is self-employed, was granted permission to leave Singapore for Bangkok from July 16 to 21, for business and to visit his girlfriend.

Police bail was increased from $10,000 to $15,000.

Tong will be back in court on Aug 23.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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