‘If I was a sec­ond slower, I wouldn’t have avoided car’

New Straits Times - - News -

BUKIT MER­TA­JAM: What was sup­posed to be his nor­mal rou­tine of driv­ing his child from their home in Ta­man Pauh to a school in Kepala Batas turned into a close shave with death caused by a car that went against traf­fic near Per­matang Pauh on Tues­day morn­ing.

Ah­mad Safwan Ujar, 34, was among those who es­caped from be­ing crashed by the Pro­ton Gen 2 that was driven by a woman, be­lieved to be high on drugs, along the North-South Ex­press­way (NSE) near Per­matang Pauh.

Safwan, who is a mem­ber of the Mus­lim Care Malaysia Society, said he was send­ing his child to school in Ber­tam in his 4x4 pickup truck when he saw the Gen 2 in front of him.

“Traf­fic to­wards Kepala Batas was light. While ma­noeu­vring a slight bend af­ter de­scend­ing from the Per­matang Pauh fly­over, I saw the Gen 2 driv­ing to­wards me at high speed. I im­me­di­ately swerved to the left lane.

“I’m glad that I was fo­cused. If I was a sec­ond slower, I wouldn’t have been able to avoid the car. I am shaken by the in­ci­dent, es­pe­cially as my child was with me.”

Safwan said he saw the driver of the Gen 2 as the car roared past at high speed.

“I was re­lieved that I could avoid her, but my im­me­di­ate con­cern was about the other cars be­hind me. I prayed very hard hop­ing that noth­ing un­to­ward would hap­pen. I thought the driver would even­tu­ally stop.

“As I ap­proached the NSE Sun­gai Dua toll plaza, I saw a stalled Pero­dua Alza at the spot where ve­hi­cles make U-turn.

“I saw some dam­age on the Alza and saw the front bumper of a Gen 2. A white Honda Civic was also dam­aged.”

On his way back, Safwan said he saw sev­eral man­gled cars on the road and was told that a man was killed in the crash.

“I hope that the au­thor­i­ties will in­ves­ti­gate the case thor­oughly so that there will be jus­tice for the vic­tim’s fam­ily.”

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