Killed by drunk driver going against traffic flow (updated)

KUANTAN, 26 May 2020:

A man was killed last night after a car which was going against traffic flow, driven by motorist believed to be drunk, collided into him at Jalan Pintasan Kuantan here.

Pahang Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department chief Supt Kamarulzaman Jusoh said the incident was believed to have happened at 9.20pm and the victim Irwan Herman Kamarudin, 41, was confirmed dead at the scene due to serious head and chest injuries.

He said the victim’s body has also been sent to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA) for Covid-19 screening and post-mortem.

“The victim who was in a Toyota Yaris car was believed to be traveling from his home in Sungai Isap Perdana to Gabeng to begin his night shift when his vehicle was hit by a Toyota C-HR car which was going against traffic in a dangerous manner.

“The car was believed to be moving against traffic from the Jalan Pintasan Kuantan junction in Semambu and almost rammed into several vehicles, which had to move aside to avoid a collision,” he said when contacted.

Kamarulzaman said the Toyota C-HR was driven by a man, 42, a fish wholesaler who was believed to have consumed alcohol at his friend’s house in Semambu before the incident.

The man was also suffered slight injuries in the leg and has been taken to HTAA here for a check-up before being remanded today to help in the investigations under Section 44(1)(b) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Police have obtained a four-day remand order against the 42-year-old man, which was issued by magistrate Najwa Hashim.

The suspect, from Tanah Putih, was remanded for further investigation under Section 44(1)(b) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and fine of up to RM20,000, upon conviction.

The victim’s wife hopes the suspect receives a fitting punishment. Zetti Haryanti Hassan, 42, said the sentence should be a deterrent to other people not to commit the same offence as it could mean that a family loses their loved one who was the backbone of the family.

“My children and I hope my husband gets justice. He was a good and responsible son, husband and father ….in fact, when the accident happened, he was on his way to work to earn a living for the family.

“I remember when we got married in 2011, he really wanted to buy a house so that we would have a proper home,” she said when contacted today.

It is understood that Irwan Herman. who has been a supervisor with Alam Flora Sdn Bhd since 2016, was travelling from his house in Sungai Isap Perdana here to go to work at Gebeng.

Zetti Haryanti said she will look after their two children, aged 14 and eight, including one from Irwan Herman’s previous marriage, on her income as a trader.

She said it was part of his normal monthly routine to work at night, and his job required him to go to the company’s depot in Gebeng.

“He was his normal self before leaving for work. He was happy when we celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri at his parents’ home in Taman Guru here, although he had been working earlier in the day.”

Zetti Haryanti said her husband’s remains will be buried at the Muslim Cemetery in Kampung SC after the post-mortem tomorrow.

– Bernama