Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin Over Fatal Accident

SINGAPORE - The host of Accidental Chef, a local television series, Melvyn Lee Shang Bin, has been charged for an allegedly negligent act that killed a motorcyclist on Oct 18, 2009.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin , 24, is believed to have failed to keep proper control of his car when he was driving on the right lane along the East Coast Parkway towards Ayer Rajah Expressway at around 6pm that day.

His vehicle allegedly careened left and side-swiped another car in the middle lane.

As a result, it's believed that Lee's car veered one more time, went over the centre median and ended up facing the vehicles going in the opposite direction - towards Changi Airport.

It allegedly hit a motorcyclist, 26-year-old Muhammad Farhan Kassim, who later died from his injuries.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin is also accused of causing hurt to 43-year-old secretary, Tan Siew Keam, who was in the front passenger seat of the car that he had earlier collided into.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin will be back in court on April 18.

If convicted of causing Mr Muhammad Farhan's death, Lee could be jailed up to two years, fined or both.

A PRIVATE chef, who used to be one half of a cooking duo called The Funky Chefs, was charged in court on Monday with causing the death of a motorcyclist and injuring a female car passenger on an expressway in 2009.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin, 24, was driving a car on the right lane of the three-lane East Coast Parkway on Oct 18, 2009 when he is said to have veered towards the left and side-swiped a car on the centre lane.

The impact allegedly caused his car to veer towards the right, over the central divider and onto the other side of the expressway going in the opposite direction, hitting motorcyclist Muhammad Farhan Kassim, 26, and causing his death.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin is also said to have caused hurt to Madam Tan Sien Keam, 43, who was the front-seat passenger of the car he side-swiped, in a negligent act that endangered her life and personal safety.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin started The Funky Chefs in 2008 with a partner, aiming to prepare French and Italian fare for people in their homes. His partner left the business last year to start his own restaurant.

Melvyn Lee Shang Bin had built up a regular clientele and starred in TV programmes such as food and travel series The Accidental Chef, which premiered on Channel NewsAsia last October.

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