JOHOR BAHRU: The driver involved in the cycling mishap which claimed eight lives here yesterday was released on police bail today.
Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the 22-year-old woman was released after police recorded her statement about the accident.
The police are in the midst of completing their investigation paper on the cycling mishap before submitting it to the deputy public prosecutor for further action, he told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year celebration for Pulai constituency here today.
Meanwhile, Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said police did not dismiss the possibility of taking action against parents who let their children roam unattended after midnight.
“Yes, drastic action must be taken. We (police) have taken diplomatic action on so many occasions. We sent their children home, we gave them advice, we did everything, but at the end of the day, they still blame the police,” he said.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said police believed the fatal accident could have been prevented if the teenagers’ parents had closely monitored their movements.
In the 3am mishap yesterday, eight teenage cyclists were killed, while eight others were injured, after they were hit by a Nissan Almera car driven by the woman. The teenagers had been cycling along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near here at the time.
Johor Bahru Selatan Police chief ACP Sulaiman Salleh said a group of 20 to 30 teenage cyclists were believed to have been in the vicinity and were obstructing the road when the woman ploughed into them with her car after failing to avoid them.