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Car driven by 13-year-old son of Indonesian rock star crashes, killing six

Published on Sep 10, 2013 7:53 AM

A 13-year-old boy who caused the deaths of six people and injured nine others after losing control of a car given to him as a birthday present has sparked outrage and a debate on the excesses of the rich and famous as well as the problem of underage drivers.

Abdul Qodir Jaelani, the son of popular rock musician Ahmad Dhani, 41, was driving the black Mitsubishi Lancer home after dropping off his girlfriend early on Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle, mounted the divider of a toll road and smashed into an oncoming Daihatsu Gran Max minibus and a Toyota Avanza multi-purpose vehicle.

He was named a suspect for reckless driving by police yesterday, an offence that carries up to six years in jail.

Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto said Abdul Qodir, popularly known as Dul, was behind the wheel and that police will record statements from the boy's parents, who are divorced, on how he learnt to drive. Traffic police said a urine test on Dul found no trace of alcohol or drugs.

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