Man killed after teen drove against traffic in Penang

The video of the Proton Gen-2 being driven against traffic on the North-South Expressway has gone viral.
The video of the Proton Gen-2 being driven against traffic on the North-South Expressway has gone viral.SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO: HTTP://WWW.FREEMALAYSIATODAY.COM

BUKIT MERTAJAM • A 19-year-old part-time model, who was high on drugs, drove her car at around 110kmh against oncoming traffic along the North-South Expressway in Penang before crashing into four vehicles and a motorcycle, killing a 26-year-old man, the Malaysian media reported yesterday.

The teenager, who was not named, was slightly injured and has been detained by police.

A video of her Proton Gen-2 car being driven in the fast lane of the highway at around 7.50am on Wednesday, captured by a car camera on the other side of the highway, has elicited shock and anger online.

The man who was killed, factory worker Mohamad Fandi Rosli, got married three months ago, his family said. He had just finished an overnight shift and was driving home, New Straits Times said yesterday.

The police said a urine test showed the teenager was high on amphetamine, The Star newspaper reported.

The young woman claimed she made a sudden U-turn to avoid a lorry at the Sungai Dua toll plaza on mainland Penang. But police said closed-circuit television cameras did not show a lorry in front of her.

Penang's Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid, told a press conference yesterday: "She could have been hallucinating as her blood test came back positive for amphetamine... The U-turn she made caused her to drive against traffic."

The car grazed three vehicles during the U-turn before crashing into the other vehicles, he said.

Mr Nik Ros Azhan said investigations revealed that the teenager was out with her friends in Bukit Mertajam town the night before the incident, and was on her way home.

The teenager appeared calm when she was taken to the court lock-up yesterday, with the court allowing a four-day police detention for questioning. The police later said that she had been issued with a Person With Disability card, as she has a learning disorder.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2017, with the headline 'Man killed after teen drove against traffic in Penang'. Print Edition | Subscribe