Another pothole crash kills food delivery rider

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A day after a 75-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he crashed into a pothole, another similar tragedy struck today killing a food delivery rider.

The 31-year-old food delivery rider lost control of his motorcycle when it hit a pothole near a road shoulder at Jalan PJU 7/2.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said the incident happened about 1.15pm when the victim was on his way to deliver food.

“The victim from Kampung Cempaka was declared dead at the scene due to serious injuries,” he said in a statement.

Nik Ezanee said the body was sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for post-mortem, which would be conducted after authorities received the victim’s Covid-19 test result.

“The incident is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 (for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving),” he added.

On Sunday, 75-year-old Ho Yan Fee, who was riding from Taman Connaught to Mid Valley, was killed when his motorcycle hit a pothole about 7.30am.

Ho was said to be coming from the direction of Pandan Perdana and plying through the middle lane of a three-lane stretch when he crashed into the pothole.

The impact had thrown Ho off his motorcycle, and he landed about 30 metres away. This had happened less than a week after a minister was injured after falling into a pothole in a cyling accident in Banting,

Following the Dec 31 road mishap involving the minister, the Works Ministry, through the Public Works Department (PWD), was reported had promised to repair potholes within 24 hours, as it reintroduced the “Aku Janji Zero Potholes” campaign.

In a statement, the ministry said the previous “Aku Janji Zero Potholes” campaign ran from 2016 to 2018 and it was reintroduced recently following the incident where Science and Technology Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was injured while cycling at Jalan Kampung Sri Cheeding in Banting.

Under this campaign, pothole repairs will be done within 24 hours of discovery or complaint, while permanent repairs will be done in three days as stated in the Federal Road Maintenance contract.

The statement defined pothole damage for any pothole with a diameter of 200 to 1,000 milimetres (mm). – NST

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