She was look­ing at toys when van ploughed into her

New Straits Times - - News -


AFAM­ILY va­ca­tion turned tragic when a 3year-old girl died af­ter a van ran her down at a night mar­ket here, as her par­ents watched help­lessly.

In the 9.45pm in­ci­dent on Sun­day, the van driver, who was a trader at the mar­ket, was try­ing to drive past a group of peo­ple.

Dis­trict po­lice chief Hasa­did A. Hamid said the man, 33, was leav­ing the mar­ket while the girl, iden­ti­fied as Adra Mustaffa Ka­mal from Mersing, Johor, was look­ing at toys at the Golden Hill night mar­ket in Sun­gai Ruil.

Adra was with her par­ents and two other sib­lings.

“The man al­legedly revved his en­gine to pro­duce loud sounds so mar­ket-go­ers would make way for him.

“The van was then seen mov­ing at a high speed to­wards the stalls where the girl was stand­ing. The girl died of head in­juries.

“Two women, aged 22 and 55, nearby suf­fered head and leg in­juries, re­spec­tively,” Hasa­did said.

Adra’s re­mains and the two women were brought to Sultanah Ha­j­jah Kal­som Hospital in Tanah Rata, here.

Hasa­did said the driver claimed he ex­pe­ri­enced cramps and fell un­con­scious dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

He said the man, who worked at a bank here, had been de­tained and the case was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

A wit­ness, who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied, said he heard peo­ple scream­ing be­fore see­ing a van crash­ing into the stalls.

“There was a lot of shout­ing and scream­ing, so I rushed out to have a look. I saw the tents crash­ing down like bowl­ing pins, like domi­nos and the lights went off.

“The van then stopped and two vic­tims were ly­ing on the road.

“There are some 200 stalls op­er­at­ing at the mar­ket and it was crowded with peo­ple, so you can imag­ine the chaos.”

Project man­ager Iz­zat Khalid, 33, from Sun­gai Bu­loh, went to the night mar­ket yes­ter­day.

He said he and his wife, Noor Aishah Roslan, 30, made the right de­ci­sion in leav­ing their three chil­dren with fam­ily mem­bers at a ho­tel when they vis­ited the night mar­ket.

“We were brows­ing the stalls when I saw the van mov­ing fast to­wards us. It was chaotic.

“I re­mem­ber pulling my wife to the side when the van was about 15m away. She sprained her an­kle as a re­sult.”

It is learnt that Adra’s fam­ily left Cameron High­lands, bring­ing her re­mains with them.


The van that crashed into stalls at the Golden Hill night mar­ket in Cameron High­lands on Sun­day.

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