33-Year-Old Singaporean Dies In Go-Kart Accident During Birthday Trip To Indonesia

A witness said her hair was found entangled in one of the vehicle's rear tyres.

Cover image via IDN Times & Google Maps/CNA

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A Singaporean woman tragically died in a go-karting accident in Batam, Indonesia, just one day after celebrating her 33rd birthday

According to CNA, Arini Mohamed Adinan was on a birthday trip with her friends in Batam when the accident occured on Wednesday, 21 February.

A witness said they saw Arini driving around the Golden City Go-Kart circuit twice before she suddenly crashed

"There were no problems during the deceased's first round of go-karting. However, go-kart number 14 suddenly crashed into the tyre barrier at high speed. The tyres were not the issue," said Riau Islands Regional Police senior superintendent Zahwani Pandra Arsyad.

Zahwani said the witness, who works in the game room at the venue, approached Arini's go-kart and found her unconscious.

Her helmet was thrown off due to the crash, and he also noticed that her "very long hair" had become entangled in one of the vehicle's rear tyres.

The police said she was rushed to a nearby clinic, where she was pronounced dead.

Her body was then taken to Budi Kemuliaan Hospital. It is unclear if a post-mortem was conducted, and no cause of death was reported.

Image via IDN Times

Arini's friends are claiming that the go-karts were faulty

One of the three women who were on the trip told The Straits Times that there were issues with their go-karts, claiming she could not brake her vehicle following Arini's crash.

"I had to force [my] kart to bang against the tyre wall to stop. But the engine was still running," she was quoted as saying.

The friends also refuted media reports alleging that Arini was not wearing a hair net, which was purportedly the cause of the incident.

"She did wear a hair net," they said.

The deceased's body was repatriated to Singapore and laid to rest at the Pusara Aman cemetery at 7pm on Thursday, 22 February.

Golden City Go-Kart in Batam, Indonesia.

Image via Google Maps/CNA

The go-kart circuit operator is now being investigated for negligence

"Barelang Resort Police is conducting an investigation. If we find negligence by the operator, legal action will be taken," said Zahwani.

“In principle, operators of tourist attractions should have standard operating procedures that take care of the environment, health, and safety (of the visitors).

"All operators, when carrying out their duties, must supervise and manage the places visited by tourists," he added.

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