Miracle turns into tragedy

KOTA KINABALU: A man walked away unscathed from an accident only to be killed by an oncoming car just minutes apart.

The 38-year-old victim apparently exited his car and stood in the middle of the road after a collision with another vehicle from the opposite direction.

Moments later, an oncoming car that was driving past the same stretch rammed into him.

Lahad Datu police chief Asst Comm Dzulbaharin Ismail said the incident occurred along Batu 35 KM56, Lahad Datu-Sandakan stretch, at about 12.30am on Sunday.

He said the victim was with a passenger, aged 30, heading towards Sandakan from Lahad Datu when the car suddenly skidded and veered to the opposite lane.

“Their car then collided with another vehicle from the opposite direction, driven by a 49-year-old man.

“The impact caused the victim’s car to spin before it came to a halt in the middle of the road while the other vehicle skidded to the left side,” ACP Dzulbaharin said.

He said both the victim and his passenger then exited the car.

“Moments later, another vehicle, driven by a 47-year-old man, from Lahad Datu towards Sandakan, suddenly hit the victim who was standing there.

“The victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene and was pronounced dead by health officials,” he said.

ACP Dzulbaharin said the victim’s remains has been sent to the Lahad Datu Hospital for a post-mortem, adding that others involved in the accident were not hurt.

“Blood samples have been taken from the victim, the passenger and drivers of the two vehicles for alcohol and drug tests,” he said.

The case will be investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act.

ACP Dzulbaharin urged eye-witnesses to contact the traffic investigation officer Inspector Humaidi Harun at 089-881 255 or the nearest police station.

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