Muhammad Ashraf Ikhwan being brought to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah hospital from Dungun hospital.
KUALA TERENGGANU: A nine-month-old baby is in a coma following a terror ride by a mentally unstable teenager who tried to carjack two vehicles along the East Coast Highway here.
Terengganu police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa said the 17-year-old, a school dropout from Kemaman, had driven off a Grand Livina multi-purpose vehicle with a couple and their baby still inside the car.
The family, he said, was travelling from Kelantan to Kuala Lumpur with two other relatives – a sister and a brother-in law – when they decided to stop at the Bukit Besi-Ajil rest area along the highway at around 6pm.
Both the sister and brother-in-law are with the police force.
“While the in-laws went to the restroom, the boy suddenly got into the car and drove off with the couple and their baby.
However, the car soon skidded out of control before crashing into another vehicle and a lorry.
“Both the baby and the father were thrown out of the car from the impact of the crash,” he said after visiting the victims at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here yesterday.
The baby, he said, lapsed into a coma while the mother, Che Mastura Che Awang, 31, sustained a broken rib and the father, Abdul Pirhat Karim, 34, a fractured right shoulder.
After the accident at KM88 of Jalan Jerangau-Jabor near Ladang Gajah Mati, the teenager, who was unarmed, then hailed a Perodua Myvi heading towards Kuala Terengganu along the road.
Jamshah said the teenager pretended to ask for help but as soon the driver got out of the car, he drove off with its four passengers still inside.
“The car was later found with the teenager inside in Kampung Batu Rakit at about 7pm. All the passengers were unharmed.
“Initial investigations showed that the boy’s motive was not to steal the cars. He is a school dropout and we believe that he is mentally unstable,” he said.
The suspect, who tested negative for drugs, had since been remanded and would be referred to a psychiatrist, he said. — Bernama