Lorry driver in deadly accident tests positive for drugs

Horrible scene: A rescue personnel standing between the badly damaged car and the lorry after the accident that killed Siti Aisyah.

SUNGAI PETANI: The lorry driver who was involved in a crash that killed a pharmacist and seriously injured her friend has tested positive for drug abuse, say police.

Kuala Muda OCPD Asst Comm Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said the 31-year-old driver’s urine test was positive for methamphetamine and morphine.

“The driver was arrested right after the accident,” he said.

In the 9.30pm incident along Jalan Sidam on Wednesday night, Siti Aisyah Idris, 23, who was driving the car, died on the spot while her friend, also 23, was rushed to Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim with serious injuries.

ACP Wan Azharuddin said initial investigations showed that the lorry driver had tried to avoid hitting a motorcycle and swerved into the other lane before colliding head-on with the car.

He said the car was travelling to Kulim and the lorry to Sungai Petani.

ACP Wan Azharuddin added that the incident was being investigated under Section 15(1)(a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, and that the lorry driver was being investigated for driving under the influence of drugs under Section 44 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

The lorry was also seized, he said.

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