The driver involved in the cycling mishap which claimed eight lives in Johor Baru yesterday has been released on police bail today.
Johor police chief Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said the 22-year-old woman was released after police recorded her statements on the accident.
The police are in the midst of completing the investigation paper on the cycling mishap before submitting it to the deputy public prosecutor for further action, he told reporters after attending the Chinese New Year celebration for Pulai constituency today.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said the police did not dismiss the possibility of taking action against parents who let their children roaming around unattended after midnight.
“Yes, drastic action must be taken. We (police) have taken diplomatic action in so many occasions, we sent their children home, we gave them advice, we did everything, but at the end of the day, they still blame the police,” he said.
Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said police believed that the mishap could be prevented if the movement of the teenagers were closely monitored by their parents.
In the 3am mishap yesterday, eight teenage cyclists were killed, while eight others were injured, after they were hit by a Nissan Almera car driven by the woman while cycling along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near Johor Baru.
Johor Baru Selatan Police chief ACP Sulaiman Salleh said a group of 20 to 30 teenage cyclists were believed to be in the vicinity and had obstructed the road before being mowed by the woman who failed to avoid hitting the teenagers. –Bernama