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Deadly crossings for pedestrians


Danger lurks: Motorists often fail to stop for pedestrians using the zebra crossing as seen in this file photo showing tourists crossing the road in Jalan Kampung Kolam, George Town.

Danger lurks: Motorists often fail to stop for pedestrians using the zebra crossing as seen in this file photo showing tourists crossing the road in Jalan Kampung Kolam, George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: Two pedestrians were killed in separate road accidents in the state.

In Jalan Bukit Gambier, a teenage motorcyclist knocked down hypermarket cashier Seerabanu K. Hussain, killing her on the spot.

The victim, 49, was crossing the road before the 2pm accident on Wednesday.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the motorcyclist, a 17-year-old student, was heading home in Paya Terubong from his school in Jalan Tengah, Bayan Baru.

“The motorcyclist tried to avoid the victim, who was crossing the road, but to no avail,” he said, adding that the motorcyclist sustained minor injuries.

He said a post-mortem revealed that Seerabanu died of severe head injuries.

In Jalan Heng Choon Thian in Butterworth, pedestrian Lim Aun Pian, 43, died on the spot after he was hit by an unknown vehicle at about 12.50am yesterday

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victim from Kamunting, Perak, died of serious head injury.

“We are looking for eyewitnesses to shed light on the matter.

“It could be a motorist or motorcyclist who fled the scene after hitting the victim.

“We believe the suspect was travelling from Jalan Bagan Luar to Jalan Sungai Nyior,” he said in a statement.

Those who witnessed the incident can contact the police hotline at 04-2691999.

On April 6 last year, a 58-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by a motorcyclist who ran the red light at a pedestrian crossing in Burma Road, near the Pulau Tikus police station.

Foo Swee Wah was heading to the Pulau Tikus wet market to buy some stock for her Hainanese cuisine café before the incident happened.

She died about 10 hours later at the Penang Hospital.

   

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