Eight killed, and another eight injured, just last Saturday.
A car rammed into a group of cycling teenagers and killed eight teenagers and injured eight. Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Police Sulaiman Salleh said six of them were killed on the spot while two died on their way to Hospital Sultanah Aminah. All 16 involved in the incident are aged between 13 and 17. Two of them are still in critical condition and warded at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital’s intensive care unit.
He said the incident took place at around 3.30am on Saturday along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery. He said initial investigations showed that the driver was heading from Taman Pelangi to Jalan Skudai when the mishap happened.
The deceased have been identified:
- Muhammad Firdauz Danish M. Azahar, 16, studying at SMK Damai Jaya
- Mohammad Azrie Danish Zulkefli, 14, SMK Tan Sri Mohamad Rahmat
- Haizad Kasrin, 16, SMK Permas Jaya
- Muhammad Shahrul Nizam Maruddin, 14, SMK Tan Sri Mohamad Rahmat
- Fauzan Halmijah, 13, SMK Desa Cemerlang
- Muhamad Shahrul Izzwan Azzuraimee, 15, SMK Dato Abdul Rahman Yasin
- Mohamad Azhar Amir, 16, SMK Permas Jaya
- Muhammad Harith Iskandar Abdullah, 14, SMA Swasta Pasir Gudang
ACP Sulaiman said that according to the driver, the teenagers were in the middle of the road, which was dark at that time when the accident occurred. There were several videos taken that night with videos uploaded on Youtube, indicating that the teenagers were gathered around without order.
Police has looked into the matter and did not find evidence of 22-year-old lady driver using her mobile phone at the time of accident. She was released Sunday after police recorded her statement.
Johor police chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said that the police would also not hesitate to charge parents of the cyclists in court.
“I have already directed for operations to be conducted to pick up such underaged children loitering in the city areas especially at night and during weekends.
“We will then hand them over to their parents.
“But the time has come for the police to use whatever laws or provisions to take a more drastic approach,” he said, adding that they have identified at least 60 such children who loiter until the wee hours of the morning.