Unlicensed teenager detained after crashing minivan and killing weed trimmer

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Police have arrested a 16-year-old student following the incident of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) hitting and killing a weed trimmer in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

The teenager, who did not have a license to drive an MPV, hit two lawnmowers in an accident at Jalan Pintasan Semeling, Bedong, here on Saturday.

In the 11 a.m. crash, one of the victims, a Myanmar national, died at the scene.

Deputy Chief Commissioner of Kuala Muda District Police Zaidy Che Hassan confirmed the incident.

According to him, the teenager who lives here in Laguna Merbok is also a student in a secondary school.

The teenager driving the Perodua Alza was not injured and was arrested. We are still conducting further investigations to identify the cause of the incident.

Kuala Muda District Police Deputy Chief Commissioner Zaidy Che Hassan said in a statement.

The surviving victim was sent to Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital (HSAH) for treatment.

out of the blue

Elaborating further, Zaidy said the accident happened while they were resting on the shoulder of the road with several other colleagues after cutting grass in the area.

The Perodua Alza, heading for the Semeling traffic light driven by the teenager, lost control and skidded onto the left shoulder of the road before hitting two trees.

The vehicle then rammed the victims and a motorbike believed to belong to one of the grass cutters.

The matter is being investigated under section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Parents taken to task

Should parents be held responsible for the wrongdoings of their children?

Netizens said that children and teenagers usually know when they are doing something wrong, so they should always be held accountable for their actions.

However, parents need to play a greater role in shaping the future of their children with respect to morally acceptable behaviors.

Netizens said they should keep in mind that children’s development at home should take priority.

Research suggests that an authoritarian parenting style significantly decreases instances of juvenile delinquency.

Conversely, neglectful parenting shows a distinct positive correlation with such behavior.

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The incident drew attention to the case of Sam Ke Ting, the clerk who was sentenced to six years in prison and fined RM6,000.

She was convicted of reckless driving that killed eight teenagers on modified bicycles commonly known as “basikal lajak” five years ago.

Former Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram partnered with Harvinderjit Singh, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s legal advisor to represent Sam in an appeal.


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