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Driver found guilty of causing police officer’s death in collision

CNA – A man was found guilty by a Singapore court yesterday of causing the death of an off-duty police officer when he drove his car into her at a crossing in Shenton Way.

Andrew Charles Vasko, 55, had been making a discretionary right turn at the junction on the night of February 10, 2019 when he collided with Salinah Mohamed.

She died four days later of a head injury. She was 40 and left a husband and three young children.

Vasko, an American and Singapore permanent resident, claimed trial to one charge of causing death by a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide. This was for failing to keep a proper lookout when making the right turn.

Vasko had consumed alcohol earlier that night at Sentosa, but passed a breathalyser test. He also was not speeding.

Andrew Charles Vasko at the State Courts. PHOTO: CNA

District Judge Shawn Ho said Vasko never observed Salinah walking along the pedestrian crossing, where the lights were green in her favour.

It was also undisputed that Vasko made a right turn and was picking up speed when his car collided into her, said the judge.

He found that Vasko had failed to keep a proper lookout when he was turning right. The victim was likely to be visible from Vasko’s front windscreen for about 3.5 seconds before the collision.

Judge Ho also found that there was sufficient lighting and contrast, and that Vasko had not been distracted by a motorcycle.

Vasko will return to court for mitigation and sentencing next month.

For causing death by a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide by failing to keep a proper lookout when turning right, Vasko could be jailed for up to two years, fined, or both.