Youth who drove against traffic holds OKU card

BUTTERWORTH: The youth who drove against traffic flow which caused the accident and claimed the life of a man on Tuesday morning is a Card for Person with Disabilities (OKU) holder issued by the Welfare Department.

A State Welfare Department officer who theSun spoke to confirmed the 19-year-old was issued the card in 2011 after being diagnosed as a slow learner.

"Doctors had recommended she undergo a special education program when she was in Form One," the officer told theSun when contacted but declined to elaborate further.

The picture of the OKU card has since gone viral on various social media platforms, including her Facebook page which has been flooded with criticism over the accident.

In the 7.50am incident, the youth had suddenly made a U-turn at KM128 of the North South Expressway (NSE) when she claimed she saw a stalled lorry in front of her but CCTV footage showed no such lorry.

The U-turn resulted in her going against traffic flow and she grazed against three vehicles but continued driving. The drivers of the three vehicles suffered light injuries.

She continued to drive for some 5km against traffic before crashing into the car driven by Mohamad Fandi Rosli, 26, at KM134 of the NSE killing him on the spot.
 
Her urine tested positive for meth while her blood test results for alcohol are pending.

She has been remanded until Saturday to assist investigation for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs under the Road Transport Act 1987 and for consumption of illegal drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.