Driver in Malaysia drowned after sports car plunged into river

A fire and rescue team at the scene of an accident where a sports car veered off the road and plunged into a river. The driver was found dead at the scene. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
A fire and rescue team at the scene of an accident where a sports car veered off the road and plunged into a river. The driver was found dead at the scene. -- PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A plantation worker who followed tyre marks to a river off a road had his curiosity answered - a sports car had veered off the road and plunged into the waters.

The driver, Clifford Nicholas, 34, was found dead at the scene, probably drowned after his Nissan Skyline plunged into the river.

He was driving home after a family gathering in Beluran district when his car skidded off the road and plummeted into the river at around 4.30am on Sunday.

Beluran district police chief Supt Sivanathan Velautham said authorities believed that he had gotten trapped in his car and drowned.

However, the incident only came to light at about 7.30am on Monday when the worker saw tyre marks on the ground and decided to find out where they led to, he said.

"Clifford leaves behind a wife and a three-month-old daughter," he said.

His body had been sent to the Beluran district hospital for post-mortem, said Supt Sivanathan.