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    Senior Member galvatron's Avatar
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    Default Court frees woman from charge of reckless driving which killed 8 teens

    Court frees woman from charge of reckless driving which killed 8 teens

    The Magistrate's Court in Johor Bahru has freed a woman from a charge of reckless driving which caused the death of eight teenage cyclists in 2017.

    Bernama reported Magistrate Siti Hajar Ali as releasing Sam Ke Ting, 24, without having her called to the stand after finding the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case.

    In her judgement, Siti Hajar said the court took into consideration several factors namely that it was a dark, hilly and winding road where the driver could not foresee that there would be a bicycle gang on the road at three o'clock in the morning.

    The magistrate added that the bicycle gang had put themselves in danger.

    "Based on the testimony of investigators, there is a big tree on that road and the lights were dim even though there were lights on the road divider.

    The activity (joyriding bicycles) was known to the locals, there were complaints of bicycle races there.

    "It is reasonable for those to pass by there to expect the situation to happen, however, this only applies to residents there and those who frequent the road. It is not fair to motorists who use that road infrequently or do not live there," she said.

    Siti Hajar added that investigations found that Sam was not under the influence of alcohol, was not using her phone, and wore a seatbelt while driving, proving that the accused was driving responsibly and carefully.

    The magistrate reminded parents to look after their children so that such incidents don't happen again. She also urged police to take action against such activities.

    Sam had pled not guilty when she was charged with reckless driving in 2017.

    46 witnesses testified in the case, and 214 exhibits were presented in court.

    Those who were killed in the incident were Mohamad Azrie Danish Zulkefli, 14; Muhamad Shahrul Izzwan Azzuraimie, 14; Muhammad Firdauz Danish Mohd Azhar, 16; Fauzan Halmijan, 13; Mohamad Azhar Amir, 16; Muhammad Harith Iskandar Abdullah, 14; Muhammad Shahrul Nizam Marudin, 14 dan Haizad Kasrin, 16.

    Eight others were seriously injured in the incident.

    Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had at the time said the incident should serve as a lesson to parents to monitor their children and not allow them to play in dangerous areas.

    Johor prince Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim also criticised attempts to promote hate and racialise the incident.

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    Sounds about right. If a driver is following the law and doing everything correctly in terms of driving safely, he/she should not be liable for accidents that occur due to the negligence and recklessness of others. Feel bad for those who were injured and killed and wish the accident hadn't occurred, but perhaps they were not mindful of the danger.

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    I think sometimes the law places too much blame on drivers and not on pedestrians or other road users. I have seen crazy people run across the road without looking out for cars. Cars can cause the most damage but people need to understand that roads are shared and all users, not only drivers, have a responsiblity to keep everyone on the roads safe.
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    Senior Member Nan Ling's Avatar
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    Very sad situation but I guess everyone needs to be careful. I was once on the road when a lady decided to slowly cross the street on a red light so everyone had to stop so that they don't run her over.

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