Woman Driver Involved in Fatal Mat Lajak Accident Acquitted

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Sam Ke Ting acquitted and discharged

Magistrate Siti Hajar Ali ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a case against Sam Ke Ting, and ordered for her driving licence that was suspended since the day she was charged, along with the RM10,000 bail, to be returned immediately.

The Star reported that Siti Hajar ruled out investigations on the basis that it was incomplete and not comprehensive in her judgment.

“The accused could not be prosecuted based on the failure of the investigation officer to investigate the case properly.

“The accused had the right to drive her car, and had driven her vehicle within the speed limit, was not driving while using her phone, was not drunk, and was using a car seat belt,” she said.

Siti Hajar added that the victims, however, had created an unsafe condition for other road users by being at the location.

The rider would normally take on a “superman” position to increase speed and reduce drag

“It is impossible for the accused to have predicted the whereabouts of the group of teenagers behind the hill at 3am in the morning.

“The road conditions had also limited the visual distance of the road user,” she said, adding that the group had gathered behind the hill to race on the road that had dim lighting.

In addition, the victims had also made dangerous modifications to their bicycles by removing the brakes and lowering the seat to the same level as the handlebars including failure to equip themselves with proper safety equipment such as reflective jackets and bicycle helmets.

“The court would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents that they too could be charged under Section 53 of the Child’s Act 2001 for neglecting their child,” she said.

The magistrate also said the police could take more stern action to eradicate this social issue by issuing summonses to the perpetrators under the Road Traffic Rules 1959.

“The police could also seize these bicycles under Section 112 of the Road Transport Act 1987,” she added.

On Feb 18, 2017, eight teen cyclists were killed when a car driven by the accused ploughed into a group of more than 30 youngsters, who were mostly riding modified bicycles commonly known as basikal lajak (drag bicycles).

The incident occurred at around 3.30am along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery. Eight more cyclists were hospitalised after the incident.

On March 28, 2017, Sam claimed trial to a charge of ramming into the group under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

The charge carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of not more than RM20,000, upon conviction.