KOTA KINABALU: A courier was killed after crashing his motorcycle into a buffalo along Jalan Felda Sabahat 6 in Lahad Datu district in the early hours of Saturday (Dec 10).
The 22-year-old was with two other rider friends when the accident occurred.
Lahad Datu OCPD Asst Comm Rohan Shah Ahmad said in the 2am mishap, the victim had crashed into one of three buffaloes when the animals suddenly crossed the road.
“This information was gathered from the victim’s two friends, who were also riding their motorcycles nearby,” he said in a statement.
The victim is believed to have died on the spot, he said.
ACP Rohan said the victim could not brake in time when the animals crossed the road.
He said the victim was not suspected to have been driving under the influence of alcohol during the incident but blood samples have been taken for further investigations.
“The body has been sent to the Lahad Datu Hospital for a post-mortem,” he said.
ACP Rohan said the case is being investigated under the Road Transport Act 1987.
He warned livestock owners to be responsible for the animals reared to prevent such accidents.
ACP Rohan added that those who have more information that can help probes in this case can contact the traffic investigating officer Insp Humaidi Harun at 089-881255 (ext 414).
Local authorities have the power to issue fines, penalties or other punishments if these livestock were found left roaming and causing danger to road users.