23-year-old Singaporean dies in car crash in Malaysia after Woodlands Checkpoint

A fatal accident in Johor Baru right after the Malaysian customs on Saturday, May 20 2017.
A fatal accident in Johor Baru right after the Malaysian customs on Saturday, May 20 2017. PHOTO: FARID ROSNAM
A fatal accident in Johor Baru right after the Malaysian customs, on Saturday, May 20 2017.
A fatal accident in Johor Baru right after the Malaysian customs, on Saturday, May 20 2017.PHOTO: FARID ROSNAM

SINGAPORE - A 23-year-old Singaporean man died in a car crash on Saturday (May 20) in Malaysia just after Woodlands Checkpoint.

The man, who The Straits Times understands was living in Malaysia and whose mother is Malaysian, was declared dead on the scene by Malaysian paramedics, an eyewitness said.

Malaysian police on Saturday confirmed with ST that the man was a Singaporean, Mr Victor Rubindranraj.

Mr Farid Rosnam, a 30-year-old Singaporean engineer who saw the accident, told ST that it occurred after 3am on Saturday.

"I was riding my bike when I saw the car pass by. Just about two seconds after going past my bike, it hit the divider," he said.

The man was flung out of the car and broke his left leg, he said. The car later caught fire.

Malaysian paramedics arrived and declared him dead, said Mr Farid.

The Straits Times saw a crowd of about 50 looking on at about 4.15am. An ambulance and a fire engine were at the scene.

A woman who said she was Mr Rubindranraj's friend later arrived and was seen crying there.

Pictures of the scene show Mr Rubindranraj's car wrecked and scorched.

He was alone when it happened, said Mr Farid, who said he did not see any other vehicle involved in the accident.

Mr Farid stayed until 5am before he left, as he wanted to make sure things were alright. He said he did not see anyone arrested, and said the ambulance left after declaring the man dead.

Correction note: An earlier version of the story stated that the man's name is Victor Rabindranraj. His name is Victor Rubindranraj. We are sorry for the error.