A nine-year-old student was killed in a tragic road accident in Shah Alam, Selangor yesterday, 28 June
Berita Harian reported that Nor Syazrina Damia Mohd Nazrul Rafizi died on the spot after she was believed to have tried to cross the road with a friend at about 1.35pm.
She was purportedly run over by a garbage truck which bears the logo and text of the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA) at Jalan Selayang Satu 27/27a, Seksyen 27.
It is believed that the lorry driver came from the Persiaran Klang direction and wanted to make a turn at the junction, according to initial police investigations
Harian Metro reported Shah Alam police chief ACP Baharuddin Mat Taib as saying that the victim was allegedly trying to cross the road with a friend when incident happened.
While her friend managed to cross to the other side of the road safely, Nor Syazrina Damia collided with the incoming lorry and fell under it.
"The lorry driver stopped the vehicle and the victim tried to get up, but the lorry backed up which caused the victim to be run over by the vehicle," Baharuddin was quoted as saying in a statement.
He added that the victim was pronounced dead by paramedics who were called to the scene.
The lorry driver is believed to have escaped as he was not seen at the scene following the incident
A report by The Star Online cited accounts from eyewitnesses who claimed that the driver, allegedly a foreigner, abandoned the truck and fled on foot after the incident.
According to Baharuddin, as reported by Berita Harian, the police have contacted the company involved to obtain details about the driver, adding that they were in the midst of tracking down the suspect.
He also urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the police regarding the case, which is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.
Responding to the matter, MBSA has also issued a statement after learning about the incident
MBSA Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad reportedly said in a statement that the local council was in the midst of identifying if the lorry belongs to one of the contractors that have been hired to carry out rubbish collection duties within the MBSA area.
Domestic waste collection within the MBSA area is done by contractors that were appointed through open tender.
"MBSA will get more information from the company regarding the operation of the lorry in terms of garbage collection routes, officers and so on.
"MBSA will not compromise if it is proven that the company violated the conditions that were for the garbage collection work in the area," Shahrin Ahmad was quoted as saying by Harian Metro.
Meanwhile, Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Amirudin Shari said he was already in contact with the Shah Alam mayor regarding the incident
Tweeting from his official account, Amirudin said that Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad has given his assurance that the case will be investigated, and is working with the authorities on the matter.
In a subsequent tweet, Amirudin expressed concern over the case, saying that he will ensure that it will be resolved as soon as possible. He also expressed his condolences to the victim's family.
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