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Singaporean driver of a car that got into an accident in Perth has been charged with 'dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm'.

23 Nov 2013 | International News : Australia



A Hyundai Wagon with Singaporean tourists, veered off the Valley of the Giants road in Nornalup, 420km south of Perth, and flipped over, leaving a 35-year old woman with life threatening injuries. Its driver, believed to be a 51-year old Chinese-speaking male, has been arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.

According toThe Straits Times, the 35-year old woman is still in critical condition at Royal Perth Hospital's intensive care unit. They were travelling with two other Singaporean - the woman's 30 something year old husband - and their 20-month old daughter.

"The car left the road, the driver over corrected and the car rolled, coming to rest on its roof in the middle of the road," said Senior Constable Graham Daisley, of the Western Australia Police Major Crash Section, who is still investigating the case.

Other occupants were uninjured, and the Australian police have ruled out alcohol, drugs and vehicle defects as contributing factors, Graham told the local paper. Additionally he believes all passengers and the driver had their seat belts fastened and no other vehicles were involved.

"It was solely down to driver error, and we have sufficient evidence for us to decide that he was responsible," added Constable Daisley.

The driver, is believed to be a distant relative of the injured woman's family, and will be produced in court next Thursday in Albany and is permitted to stay in Australia till then. If found guilty, he could face a jail time or a fine.

According to the local English daily, neither the police nor the hospital would release the names of the Singaporeans involved in the crash, citing privacy and policy reasons. A Royal Perth Hospital Public Relations Officer only mentioned the female victim was admitted on Thursday, a day after the crash, when The Straits Times contacted the hospital.

"MFA is aware of the accident and the Singapore High Commission in Canberra is in touch with the family and is providing assistance," responded a spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to media queries.

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