Tragic outcome: Family members covering the body of Peng after he was pronounced dead near his house in Taman Golden City in Luyang, Kota Kinabalu.
KOTA KINABALU: A 65-year-old man died after he was dragged some 25m – all the while hanging on to the door of his brand new four-wheel drive in a daring carjacking just outside his house in Luyang here.
Peng Shih Cheng, a businessman, was pronounced dead on the spot by paramedics near his house at Taman Golden City after his failed attempt to stop the thief from driving away at about 10am yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu City police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun said the man had just returned home and had left his engine running as he got out to open the gate of his house when an unidentified suspect jumped into the car and drove off.
The thief just continued driving even though the man hung on to the car door before losing his grip.
Asked on the actual cause of death, whether it was from falling or being run over by his own vehicle, ACP Jauteh said police would wait for a post-mortem report from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.
“We believe that the thief headed towards Penampang (gateway to southwestern Beaufort and interior Keningau).
“All police districts have been alerted and road blocks have been set up,” ACP Jauteh told reporters at the scene of the crime.
He also urged those with information on the brand new white Toyota Hilux to inform police immediately.
“We believe that only one person is involved, and it appears to be a crime of opportunity as the engine was running,” he said, adding that the police were also looking at other aspects.
Peng, who leaves behind a wife and three grown-up children, had left the house alone at about 6.30am for breakfast and ran some errands at the market when he returned around 10am.