Driver in hit-and-run video arrested

The motorcycle rider, Mr Fazly (above), hurt his right leg. His motorcycle was also badly damaged. His pillion rider, Ms Siti, had injuries to her right hand. The driver allegedly tried to hit them four times before succeeding on the fifth try.
The motorcycle rider, Mr Fazly (above), hurt his right leg. His motorcycle was also badly damaged. His pillion rider, Ms Siti, had injuries to her right hand. The driver allegedly tried to hit them four times before succeeding on the fifth try. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
The motorcycle rider, Mr Fazly (left), hurt his right leg. His motorcycle was also badly damaged. His pillion rider, Ms Siti (above), had injuries to her right hand. The driver allegedly tried to hit them four times before succeeding on the fifth try
Video footage showed the car changing lanes erratically before swerving into the motorcycle and knocking the rider and his passenger to the ground. PHOTO: FACEBOOK PAGE OF ZUFAR KHAN ISMAIL KHAN
The motorcycle rider, Mr Fazly (left), hurt his right leg. His motorcycle was also badly damaged. His pillion rider, Ms Siti (above), had injuries to her right hand. The driver allegedly tried to hit them four times before succeeding on the fifth try
The motorcycle rider, Mr Fazly, hurt his right leg. His motorcycle was also badly damaged. His pillion rider, Ms Siti (above), had injuries to her right hand. The driver allegedly tried to hit them four times before succeeding on the fifth try.PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE, SITI FARINA

Incident sparked outrage online; same car spotted in other cases

The driver of a Toyota Camry that was filmed knocking down a motorcycle on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) has been arrested, after a video of the hit-and-run incident sparked outrage online.

Responding to media queries, a police spokesman confirmed yesterday that the driver, a 63-year-old man, had been arrested for committing a rash act causing hurt.

The arrest was understood to have been made last Friday, after investigations by the Traffic Police.

Facebook user Zufar Khan Ismail Khan first uploaded the video last week, showing the car (licence plate No. SKA 1713J) applying its brakes continually and switching erratically between two lanes near the AYE's Clementi Road exit.

The Camry then appeared to deliberately slam into the side of a motorcycle that had pulled up alongside it - knocking the motorcyclist and his pillion rider to the ground - before speeding away.

The video has garnered over 300,000 views, and was also shared on the Facebook pages of road community groups Roads.sg and Beh Chia Lor.

The motorcyclist, 29-year-old dispatch rider Muhammad Fazly, hurt his right leg and was given a week's medical leave. His motorcycle was also badly damaged.

Mr Fazly's fiancee Siti Farina, the pillion rider, suffered injuries to her right hand.

Both went to the nearby National University Hospital to seek treatment on their own shortly after the incident, which occurred at around 11.30am last Wednesday.

They made a police report on the same day.

Speaking to The Straits Times yesterday, Mr Fazly said their troubles began in Jurong Town Hall Road when the Camry nearly hit him while attempting to overtake him on the right lane.

"It was raining heavily and all the vehicles were travelling slowly for safety reasons, but this guy was behaving really recklessly," he said.

"He was also very rude and kept honking at cars for driving too slowly."

Mr Fazly tried knocking on the driver's door when they stopped at a traffic light to indicate he wanted to speak to him, but was ignored.

Once on the AYE, however, the Camry driver allegedly tried to hit Mr Fazly at least four times before succeeding on his fifth attempt.

The Straits Times understands that at least four eyewitnesses have come forward.

Both the Camry and Mr Fazly's motorcycle were estimated to have been travelling at around 40kmh when the incident occurred.

Ms Siti, a 27-year-old dental assistant, said they were informed by friends after the incident that the Camry driver had a history of dangerous driving

Online footage showed at least two occasions - in November 2014 and April 2015 - when the same car was spotted weaving dangerously among traffic on an expressway.

"This kind of driver should not be allowed on the road - he appears to have an attitude problem," she said.

Mr Fazly added: "The driver is a threat to other road users and must be stopped. He definitely needs to learn that you can't bully your fellow drivers and get away with it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2016, with the headline 'Driver in hit-and-run video arrested'. Print Edition | Subscribe