Cameron Highlands crash claims one more life

Nuradzimmah Daim

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: One of two women who were seriously injured when a van rammed into them at the Golden Hill night market on Sunday, died today.

Cameron Highlands district police chief DSP Hasadid A. Hamid said the 52-year-old woman, who was transferred to the Batu Pahat Hospital in Johor, died at 8.40am.

“Post-mortem results showed that the victim died due to injuries to her head. The other victim, a 22-year-old from Kuala Lumpur, who suffered a broken leg, will be discharged," he said in a statement.

Hasadid said the van driver, who also works at a bank, here, is being remanded until Thursday. A urine test for drugs turned out negative.

In the 9.45pm incident, a van had crashed through several stalls at the night market.

A three-year-old girl was killed while her parents and two siblings who were at the scene escaped unhurt.

It was reported that the driver, 30, who was a part-time worker at one of the stalls, was trying to ease past the crowd. He had revved the accelerator to coax shoppers to make way. His vehicle instead lurched forward at high speed towards the stalls.

Two women were seriously injured during the incident and were warded at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless or dangerous driving causing death.