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Driver drove against traffic & killed 2 teens may face death penalty

A 24-year-old man, who killed two people on 12 September while driving his Mitsubishi Triton against the traffic flow.

He has been remanded for another three days, following the initial six-day remand. The remand order extension was granted by the Shah Alam High Court senior deputy registrar Norliza Hussin yesterday, 17 September, according to a statement by Shah Alam district police headquarters.

In the head-on collision with a Proton Wira at about 2am last Sunday, the male driver behind the four-wheel drive (4WD), travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Klang against the flow of traffic, escaped unhurt.

18-year-old Nur Afiqah Abdul Karim, who was driving the Proton Wira, while 19-year-old Muhammad Hafiz Syamir Dzul Asri, who was in the front passenger seat, died on the spot.

Following which, the Mitsubishi Triton driver was arrested and the case was being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving and causing death.

The 24-year-old suspect had tested positive for ganja.

The Shah Alam police has now reclassified the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code which provides for the mandatory death penalty.

In comparison, Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987 carries a minimum jail term of two years and a maximum of 10 years, a fine of not less than RM5,000 and not more than RM20,000.

The suspect is said to have 20 previous records that include speeding to violating traffic lights.


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