A Chinese national has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving while drunk, which caused the death of a Penang Council member
25-year-old Liu Shasha was charged at the magistrate's court in George Town on Tuesday, 29 October, with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and ramming the car into a 58-year-old Penang Island City Council (MBPP) public health assistant.
However, she pleaded not guilty before magistrate Rosnee Mohd Radzuan when the charge was read out to her in Mandarin.
The fatal accident happened at Dato Keramat Road in George Town at about 6.25am on Friday, 25 October, reported the New Straits Times.
During the fatal accident on Friday morning, Liu rammed into Mohaidin Gani Mohamad's motorcycle from behind while he was at a traffic light junction.
Charged under Section 44(1)(b) of the Road Transport Act 1987, Liu faces a jail term of between three and 10 years if convicted
The 25-year-old Chinese national could also be fined RM20,000.
Her bail was denied by Magistrate Rosnee, who fixed 8 November for next mention pending the Immigration Department checking the authenticity of her passport.
The owner of the car, Lim Nian Siang, who was seated in the passenger side, was charged for allowing Liu to drive his car
New Straits Times reported that the 23-year-old was charged under Section 26 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for allowing his car to be driven by the accused.
He pleaded guilty and was fined RM1,500.
Meanwhile, the Magistrate's Court in Johor Bahru on 28 October ruled a woman not guilty of reckless driving. In 2017, she was involved in an accident in which eight teen cyclists were killed: