Penang Bridge Crash: SUV Located Under Bridge

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The 21-year-old driver of the black Toyota Vios which collided with a white Mazda CX-5 SUV on the Penang Bridge on Sunday has tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

A sports utility vehicle that plunged into the sea yesterday morning after it was hit by a car was found underneath the bridge this afternoon.

Search and rescue (SAR) teams found the SUV in the water next to pillar 34 at KM4 of the Penang Bridge.

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Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid said the vehicle was found at a depth of about 15m.

Divers also discovered the body of 20-year-old driver, Moey Yun Peng, trapped inside the car.

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Divers also discovered the body of 20-year-old driver, Moey Yun Peng, trapped inside the car.

“Divers have found the car and efforts to recover it are now underway,” Nik Ros Azhan said.

SAR coordinator First Admiral Maritime Rozali Mohd Said said a crane will be employed to lift the vehicle out of the sea.

Meanwhile, Nik Ros Azhan said besides showing traces of the drug, the driver’s blood test also showed he was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

He said the driver is currently receiving treatment at a private hospital for injuries to his head, arms and legs.

The driver had earlier received treatment at the Seberang Jaya Hospital and was discharged but fainted at home before being rushed to the private hospital.

The driver of the SUV that plunged into the sea after the collision with the Vios at 2.54am on Sunday (Jan 20) has been identified as college student Moey Yun Peng, 20, from Taman Kempas, Butterworth.

The Vios driver works as a hairstylist.

Investigations revealed that both drivers are childhood friends and believed to have been speeding towards the mainland before the collision which led to the SUV losing control, swerving into the left barricade and plunging into the sea.

The duo, who live on the mainland, had earlier attended a friend’s birthday party at a club in Chulia Street in George Town with five other friends who live on the island.

Police are investigating whether the two were racing each other on the Penang Bridge.

Search and rescue operations for Moey and the SUV resumed at 7am Monday (Jan 21).

Police are investigating the case under Section 42(1) Road Transport Act for reckless and dangerous driving, punishable with a jail term up to five years and a fine of not less than RM5,000 for a first-time offender.

Repeat offenders face a heftier jail terms up to 10 years and between RM10,000 and RM20,000 in fines.

A 20-second video clip of the accident captured on a car dashcam has gone viral.

It shows a fast-moving SUV on the right-hand lane when a speeding Vios, which appears to have lost control, veers from the right-hand lane to the left-hand land and back to the right before crashing into the SUV.

The SUV is then seen turning turtle and spinning before plunging into the sea.

The case has since been classified for reckless driving under Road Transport Act 1987.