Drink-Driver In Kuantan Crashes Into 22-Year-Old And Travels 1.5KM With Bike Stuck To Car

The man was unaware he had rammed the motorcyclist.

Cover image via Utusan Malaysia & T N Alagesh/New Straits Times

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In a recent incident in Kuantan, a drunken man crashed into a motorcyclist and dragged the bike all the way back to his house

According to New Straits Times, the incident occurred yesterday, 1 March, around 1.10am at Jalan Sungai Lembing.

The suspect is a 26-year-old who had a Honda EX5 motorcycle wedged in the bumper of his Toyota Avanza.

The motorcyclist, Muhammad Akmal Hakim, was killed in the accident.

Meanwhile, the driver was unaware he had rammed into the victim and continued to drive until he reached his house.

Police revealed that Muhammad Akmal was a 22-year-old working at a factory in Gebeng and died at the scene due to severe injuries to his head.

Kuantan district police chief ACP Mohd Noor Yusof Ali told Utusan Malaysia, "The accident happened when the victim was on the way to his family home in Kampung Padang from the town centre."

"The driver is believed to have been speeding before crashing into the victim's motorcycle and throwing him onto the car windshield. The suspect then dragged the victim's motorcycle and continued to drive for 1.5km until he reached home."

Speaking to New Straits Times, Mohd Noor Yusof said, "Investigations suggest that the suspect was unaware he had knocked into the motorcyclist. The suspect continued to drive, dragging the machine with the car. There were traces of the motorcycle being dragged along the stretch."

Image via Utusan Malaysia

Checks revealed that the suspect's blood-alcohol level was beyond the permitted limit and he also went above the speed limit while driving

The suspect will be remanded until 4 March and the case is being investigated under Section 44(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which states that if found guilty, the suspect will be liable to imprisonment of not less than 10 years as well as a fine of not less than RM50,000 and not more than RM100,000.

The victim's autopsy will be carried out after authorities obtain the results of his COVID-19 health screening.

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