3rd July, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: A 26-year-old man was killed while his friend was seriously hurt when their Toyota van crashed into a stationary truck parked on the road shoulder at Km18 of Tuaran Road here at about 2.30 am yesterday.
Jack Seam John died at the scene while the friend was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here for immediate treatment.
Both men, from Kampung Taginambur in Tamparuli, were heading to Tuaran from Kampung Tebobon when the mishap occured. It was believed that they lost control of the van before it crashed into the stationary truck. Both victims had to be extricated from the wreckage of the van by rescuers.
City police Chief, ACP Ahmad Sofi Zakaria, when contacted, confirmed the incident and said police were still investigating the incident.
Meanwhile in KOTA MARUDU, a drinking session between two friends ended in a tragedy when one of them succumbed to injuries sustained after the motorbike they were riding crashed into an Isuzu Invader. In the 11.30 pm incident on June 29, the pillion rider victim identified by police as Meklose Molinka, 22, died while on the way to the district hospital here.
His friend, who is also 22, suffered a fracture to his left hand and is being treated at the same hospital where his condition was said to be “out of danger”.
District police Chief, DSP Mohd Isa Yusuff, confirmed the incident when contacted by New Sabah Times yesterday.
According to Mohd Isa, both the victim and his injured friend were reportedly drunk when they rode the Yamaha Lagenda bike and had the accident at Km 38.5 of Kota Marudu-Pitas Road near Kampung Salimpodon.
Mohd Isa further revealed that an investigation showed the victim and his friend were riding at high speed before veering into the lane of the four-wheel drive coming from the opposite direction.
“The head-on collision of the motorbike with the Isuzu Invader caused the victims and the motorbike to be thrown to the left side of the road,” said Mohd Isa.
The front portion of the Isuzu Invader was badly damaged but the driver escaped unscathed. Mohd Isa said the incident is being investigated under Section 41 (1) (B) of the Road Transport Act 1987.