Regan Lee jailed for crashing test-drive car, killing sales executive
By Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 24 October 2007 1829 hrs
SINGAPORE: Regan Lee Da Wen, 26, was initially charged with causing the death of a salesperson while test-driving a Mazda MX-5 sports car. But he has since pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of committing a rash act.
Lee, on Wednesday, was disqualified from driving for 10 years and sentenced to seven months in jail.
The case had dragged on for more than two years amid public outcry over Lee's action.
According to court documents, Lee was driving at a speed of more than 90 kilometres on 29 October 2005 along Upper Paya Lebar Road – nearly twice the legal speed limit for that stretch of road.
It is believed that Lee had lost control of the car while negotiating a bend. Veering to the right, he crossed the centre divider, crashing head-on into an oncoming car.
The impact flipped the Mazda before hitting another vehicle, killing 22-year-old Mazda sales executive Angelia He Xueli. Lee escaped unhurt.
His case was supposed to have gone to trial with the original charge of causing Ms He's death, which carries a heavier penalty. However, the case never went to open court and was adjourned several times.
During that time, it is believed the prosecution and defence teams came to an agreement to an amended lesser charge.