Contrary to some news reports, the two cyclists who were killed on Wednesday night in Pontian were not riding “basikal lajak”.
Police clarified yesterday that the deaths of two young cyclists at Kilometre 1.3 Jalan Sawah-Gunung Pulai at Kampung Maju Jaya, Pekan Nanas, Pontian, on Jan 10 were not due to modified bikes.
Pontian police chief Superintendent Zakaria Abdul Rahman said both victims, Ibnu Ahmad Ahmad Naizl, 16, and Muhammad Amiruddin Abd Majid, 12, were riding regular bicycles when they collided with a car at about 11pm on Wednesday night.
“To be fair, the four victims, including the two deceased, were riding their bicycles back home after their kompang practice.
“These are kampung teenagers and they were not even racing with their bicycles as they only wanted to return home at night,” he told the Malay Mail.
Earlier news reports said the boys were riding “basikal lajak” – street modified bicycles that have no gears, brakes or other safety features.
In the incident, four youngsters were hit by a Toyota Altis coming from the opposite direction, resulting in the death of Ibnu Ahmad and Muhammad Amiruddin at the scene. It was believed that the car was overtaking another vehicle when it crashed into the cyclists.
Zakaria said two others survived. They were Nur Iqmal Haffiz Abdul Wahab, 14, who broke his shoulder, and Mohammad Nur Hayatuddin Mazli, also 14, who sustained minor injuries. They were sent to the Pontian Hospital for treatment.
Initial investigations showed that the victims’ bicycles were not properly fitted with lighting for road use at night.
“Police have classified the case under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving,” said Zakaria, adding that the 38-year-old female driver has been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations.
On Feb 18 last year, eight teenagers in Johor Baru were killed during an illegal race using “basikal lajak” when a car rammed into them in the early hours of the morning.