Four marathon runners were injured when a car ploughed into them in Kuantan.
It was reported that Kuantan police chief ACP Mohd Noor Yusof Ali said the 28-year-old driver lost control of her car while trying to help several participants in the marathon, who were running outside the designated area near Masjid Al-Imam Ash-Shafie in the 8.25am incident yesterday.
“She tried to brake her car so she could give directions to the runners. However, she was believed to have lost control of the vehicle, and it veered to the left lane before hitting the runners,” he said.
Three runners were sent to the International Islamic University Hospital while another was taken to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan for treatment.
The injured runners were Ahmad Fakhri Sulaiman, 31, Chua Yennie, 21, Nurul Huda Ahmad Razali, 33, and Haslinda Othman, 41.
Ahmad Fakhri suffered injuries to his head and left leg while Chua was hurt on her face and head.
Nurul Huda, a lecturer at the Universiti Tenaga Nasional campus in Muadzam Shah, reportedly broke her left leg while Haslinda hurt her head, legs and left arm.
The “Run Out Pahang Marathon 2018” was reportedly organised by a company with five years of experience in putting together such events.
The marathon was held in collaboration with the Pahang Athletics Association and Pahang Tourism Office.
It was learnt that the event had approval from the Malaysian Sports Commissioner’s Office and Kuantan Municipal Council.
ACP Mohd Noor said statements from the victims, driver and the organiser would be taken while witnesses would be tracked down to assist in investigations.
He added that a meeting would be held with sports associations, district government departments, NGOs and event organisers to discuss measures to prevent such mishaps from recurring.
On Dec 10, three marathon runners were hit by a car during the Klang City International Marathon in Selangor, with one sustaining serious injuries and the other two suffering minor injuries.
Succumbing to her severe injuries, Evelyn Ang, 44, died on March 1, without regaining consciousness.
Following her death, the driver of the car, Teoh Thiam Lim, 28, who was charged on Feb 20 with reckless and dangerous driving, had his charge amended on March 9 to causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.
Mar 3, Grieving for Evelyn Ang