Tan Boon Pew, 36, recorded his ‘not guilty’ plea after the charge was read to him before magistrate Nur Azzuin Abdul Moati.
He is alleged to have committed the offence at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah at about 4.10am on Dec 9, 2018.
He was charged under Section 44 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) which carries a maximum 10 years’ jail and a fine upon conviction.
Deputy public prosecutor Rais Imran Hamid prosecuted, while the accused was represented by counsel Willie Ong.
Earlier, Rais Imran asked the court to grant bail at RM10,000 and fixed a date for document submission.
Ong, however, requested that the court lower the bail, saying his client earns RM2,500 a month and has to take care of his parents.
Nur Azzuin then set bail at RM8,000 in one surety and ordered that Tan’s driving licence be suspended until the end of his case.
She also set Feb 21 for mention.
It was reported that a Form Four student, who was a substitute runner in the Penang Amateur Athletic Association (PAAA) Annual Round of The Island Relay, broke both his legs after he was involved in a pre-dawn accident on Dec 9 last year.
The 16-year-old was the pillion rider of a motorcycle which was rammed from behind by a car at Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah here during the 4.10am mishap.
The motorcycle rider, identified as Lee Foo Beng, 51, who was also one of the marshals of the marathon, sustained injuries to his head.
The impact of the crash caused the teenager and Lee to be flung from their motorcycle. They landed on the other side of the road.
The car, meanwhile, skidded and crashed into a road divider.