The driver of the four-wheel-drive pick-up truck that rammed into customers of a restaurant in Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan on Sunday (Nov 18) night, has been remanded for four days from Monday (Nov 19) for investigation.
The order was issued by Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court assistant registrar Hairol Azhar Mohd Ishak.
Investigations against the suspect, who is a general worker in his 20s, was made under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act for causing a death by reckless or dangerous driving and which provides between two and 10 years’ imprisonment along with a fine of between RM5,000 and RM20,000, if found guilty.
According to Serdang district police chief ACP Ismadi Borhan, the suspect, who is from Kuching, was arrested at 1.43am Monday after his employer handed him over to the police.
“The man tested negative for drugs, but his blood sample will be taken to test for alcohol,” he added.
The incident, which occurred at around 8.15pm on Sunday, saw the Isuzu pick-up truck ploughed into a table at the open-air area of the hawker centre along Jalan Equine 9B.
“After the initial collision, the driver just drove off and hit three other vehicles there – a Perodua Myvi, a Perodua Bezza and a Lexus,” Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Ismadi Borhan said.
He added that a 57-year-old woman died at the scene, while four others suffered injuries.
“The deceased and injured were taken to the Serdang Hospital.
“We already gathered CCTV footage from the area to identify the vehicle involved,” he said.
According to the Sinar Harian portal, the vehicle was found abandoned near Taman Universiti Indah, where the driver is believed to have dumped it after fleeing the scene of the accident.
It is learnt that the driver of the four-wheel drive lost control of the vehicle, which swerved into the restaurant’s open-air dining area.
Reportedly, the victims comprise a foreigner and four Malaysians – a woman who was killed, and two women and two men aged between 33 and 71 injured.
Images taken by witnesses at the location in the aftermath of the accident show overturned and flattened plastic tables and chairs, as well as a woman awaiting medical attention sitting on the ground.