M.K. Vaitheswaran, 21, accompanied by his family member came to the trial of an accident involving and SUV resulting in the death of a college student on Penang Bridge in January this year at Magistrate Court, Bukit Mertajam, Penang. - NSTP/MIKAIL ONG.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The father of a college student, who died after his sports utility vehicle (SUV) crashed and went off the Penang Bridge, took the stand today as a prosecution witness.

Moey Kah Tiang, 64, was told to explain how he got to know about his 20-year-old son Moey Yun Peng's death following the horrific accident earlier this year.

Though he looked calm, Moey frequently glanced at the accused M. Vaitheswaran, 21, who was charged with reckless driving resulting in the death of his son.

He told the court that his son's friends came to his house on Jan 20 about 3pm inquiring about his son.

He remembered telling them that Yun Peng had not returned home after attending a birthday party the night before.

He also told the court how he and his wife called Yun Peng the next morning but there was no answer.

"They then told me to calm down and showed me a video of the accident on their smartphone.

"When I saw it, I felt weak. I did not know what to do, so his friends suggested I lodge a police report," he said.


Family members of the victim involved in the SUV accident attended to hear the trial of a hairdresser charged with causing the death of a college student on Penang Bridge in January this year at Magistrate Court, Bukit Mertajam, Penang. - NSTP/MIKAIL ONG.

Following that, Moey said he was updated about the incident, the discovery of the car and the retrieving efforts.

“I was taken to the workshop where the car was taken after it was pulled out to identify if it was my SUV.

"Upon seeing a 'P' sticker on the car, I was confident it was my car,” he added.

Vaitheswaran, 21, is charged with causing the death of Yun Peng, who was also his friend, at KM 4 of the Penang Bridge (Prai-bound) about 3am on Jan 20.

He was charged under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine of up to RM20,000, if convicted.

In the incident, the SUV driven by Yun Peng plunged into the sea after it collided with the Toyota Vios driven by the accused.

State prosecution director Yusaini Amir Abdul Karim is prosecuting before Sessions Court judge Ahzah Fariz Ahmad Khairuddin while counsel S. Paramesawaran is representing the accused.

The trial will resume on Jan 21 and continue on Feb 10 next year.