The driver of a Toyota Hilux who allegedly rammed into four Malaysian para cyclists and their chief coach yesterday was charged in the Magistrate's Court here today with reckless driving to an extent that it resulted in a road accident.

Anuar Wahab, 46, from Jengka, Pahang, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge before Magistrate Abdul Jalil Salam.

He was charged with driving the four-wheel-drive-vehicle, with the registration number CCY 8590, in a dangerous manner to an extent that it resulted in a road accident at KM12.5 of the Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway (Latar) here at about 10.45am.

The charge, under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, provides an imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of up to RM15,000, if found guilty.

Abdul Jalil, in allowing Anuar to be released on RM5,000 bail in one surety, set Oct 16 for mention.

Anuar was also ordered to report himself at the nearest police station on the first of every month pending disposal of the case.

The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Mahmoodah V. M. Abdul Latif, while Anuar was represented by lawyer M. Saravanan.

Those injured in the crash were Chief Coach Mohd Johari Nayan, 42, Para ASEAN athletes Mohd Hairul Hazwan Wahab, 25, and Muhammad Khairul Nizam Mohd Ali, 19; and two pilot riders - Mohd Nor Rizual Zainal, 31, and Muhamad Nur Syafiq Suhaimy, 25.

The four cyclists, accompanied by Mohd Johari on a motorcycle, were from Ijok in Kuala Selangor and heading to Rawang, as part of their training for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur ASEAN Para Games to be held from Sept 17-23.

They are being treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital. -- BERNAMA