Camry driver in hit-and-run viral video arrested
by Cindy Co
THE roads are a little safer today: the Camry driver of viral video infamy has finally been arrested. The outpouring of outrage at the errant driver started on June 15 with a video posted online by Roads.sg on Facebook, showing the car – a silver Toyota Camry SKA1713J (and who dares to buy/drive that car now?) – knocking down a motorcyclist and his pillion rider on the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) and then speeding off.
The video was cut together with footage of the same car driving recklessly in two other incidents as far back as 2014. The online outrage saw the video gaining 183,036 views, with most comments expressing their frustration with reckless drivers and the perceived incapability of the traffic police to do anything.
The driver, Mr Muhammad Fazly, 29, and his pillion rider, Ms Siti Farina, 27, escaped mostly unscathed, although Mr Fazly had injured his right leg in the fall, while Ms Farina sustained injuries to her arm. Mr Fazly’s motorcycle, however, was badly damaged as a result of the accident. Mr Fazly was given a week of medical leave to allow him to recuperate.
Although the driver had previously been described as a 40-year-old, police said that they had arrested a 63-year-old man last Friday, June 17, for committing a rash act causing hurt. Four eyewitnesses to the incident have come forward to testify.
Reports of the driver’s arrest had been circulating since June 17 when the car was photographed by a member of the public, a Mr Ezuwan Husaini at 10 Ubi Avenue 3, parked inside the compound of the Traffic Police Headquarters.The photograph was posted on Facebook and shared widely, with comments noting that it is very unusual for a car to be parked inside the compound, even for an investigation.
Speaking on the aftermath of the incident, Mr Fazly said: “This kind of driver should not be allowed on the road – he appears to have an attitude problem.”
Feature image from Roads.sg.
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