Mitsubishi Motors CEO killed in road accident

KUALA LUMPUR: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tetsuya Oda was killed in a road accident yesterday after being knocked down by a lorry in Mon't Kiara.

The 49-year-old Japanese who lived at the Almaspuri Condominium on Jalan Kiara was taking his morning jog when hit by a one-tonne lorry at 7am.

He died of severe head injuries about two hours after admission at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) .

Kuala Lumpur traffic police head of investigations and regulations DSP Markandan Subramaniam said witnesses told the police that Oda was crossing a road near a traffic light when the accident occured.

He said a post mortem will be conducted on at the UMMC at 9am today.

It is learnt that Oda was an ardent runner and often took part in athletic events held in the country.

The victim had worked with the MMM since 2010.

MMM in its official Facebook page posted its condolences and sympathies to Odya's family.

The message read - "Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is deeply saddened to announce the demise of Mr. Tetsuya Oda, Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Tetsuya Oda has helmed MMM since July 2010. The company remembers Mr. Oda for his tremendous contribution and for the lives he has touched. Mr. Oda has led his life – with dedication, honour and an unquenchable desire to drive Mitsubishi Motors to success. In his public life, Mr. Oda was known as a down-to-earth and a visionary man. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Mr. Oda have lost a great friend and an inspiring mentor. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mr. Oda's family and all those who mourn his passing."