Driver in collision with para cyclists charged

KUALA LUMPUR •The driver involved in the accident that caused multiple injuries to four Malaysian Para Games cyclists and their head coach claimed trial at a magistrate's court yesterday.

Anuar Wahab, a 46-year-old businessman, was charged with driving dangerously and causing an accident near the 12.5km mark of the Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Latar Highway at 10.45am on Thursday.

Coach Johari Nayan escaped with abrasions but it was reported that his cyclists Nor Rizuan Zainal, Khairul Azwan Wahab, Nur Syafiq Suhaimy and Khairul Nizam Ali all suffered broken limbs after they were hit by the pick-up truck.

Anuar pleaded not guilty to the charge after it was read to him by a court interpreter.

The offence could lead to a jail term up to five years or a fine of up to RM15,000 (S$4,800) or both.

In requesting for minimal bail, Anuar's counsel M. Saravanan said his client, who hails from Jengka, Pahang, started working in Kuala Selangor recently.

He also has to support his wife, who is not working, and four young children who are still schooling, added Saravanan.

Magistrate Abdul Jalil Salam fixed bail at RM5,000 and ordered the accused to report to the nearest police station every first day of the month until the trial is over.

He also fixed Oct 16 for case remention.

It was reported earlier that the victims were sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital immediately after the accident for treatment.

Initially thought to be a hit-and-run case, Anuar was subsequently arrested after turning up at the Kampung Baru Subang police station later on Thursday.

The four cyclists were set to compete at the Sept 17-23 Asean Para Games.

ASIA NEWS NETWORK/THE STAR

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 10, 2017, with the headline 'Driver in collision with para cyclists charged'. Print Edition | Subscribe