A 17-year-old student has died at the hands of an intoxicated driver at Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 22 September
According to Berita Harian, victim Muhammad Hazeq Hakimi Romli was riding a motorcycle in the area at about 3am in the morning, before suddenly being run over by a Perodua Myvi.
Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) chief ACP Zulkefly Yahya said the accident happened when the driver was trying to make a turn from Jalan Sri Amar into Lorong Tiong Nam.
"The motorcyclist who was driving straight along Jalan Raja Laut slammed into the front left side of the Myvi," he said.
Footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) caught the Myvi cutting across two lanes of traffic before hitting a motorcycle and crashing into a shop.
Videos of the incident have since gone viral on social media.
The student died at the scene due to injuries to the head
"The victim, a student at SMK Lembah Keramat, died at the scene to grievous head injury," Zulkefly said, reported The Star.
The body was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for post-mortem.
The Myvi driver was instructed to undergo a test using the Evidential Breath Analyser (EBA) and it was found that the level of alcohol in his body exceeded the permitted limit.
"The 36-year-old man, who worked as a dog trainer, is now remanded for four days to assist in the investigation," he said.
The case is currently being investigated under Section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years' jail and a fine up to RM20,000.
Commenting on the fatal accident, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he is infuriated by the incident
"This is why the Ministry of Transport has made amendments to the Road Transport Act 1987 and today, September 22, the Dewan Negara has passed the amendments after the third reading," said the minister on a Facebook post.
After the amendments have been approved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the new provisions under the act will send drink-driving offenders straight to jail upon conviction. Offenders cannot be let off with just a fine anymore.