Thursday, May 26, 2005

Road death

This is tragic. A 67-year old German cyclist on a round-the-world tour was struck by a car and killed outside the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, reported New Straits Times.

Klaus Wolfgang Martin from Berlin was riding his bicycle along Jalan Tun Razak around 11 a.m when he was knocked down by a car that then ran over him. Nothing was said about the car driver. Jalan Tun Razak is a very busy stretch, but what does it say about our roads when a man who survived several Asian countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia, is killed on the streets of KL?

Here’s another snapshot of Malaysia’s infamous roadkills involving buses and trucks:

....[In Malaysia] accidents involving express buses reached an unprecedented average of 406 a month last year. Bus accident figures rose from 1,963 in 2003 to 4,874 last year. There were 53,470 accidents involving lorries [i.e. large trucks] last year.
According to Road Safety Department Director-General Suret Singh, 67 per cent of these accidents were due to driver error, 28 per cent to bad road conditions and the rest to the poor condition of the vehicles....
Source: NST April 2, 2005 Link: Drive & Stay Alive,Inc


Abraham said...

It is too bad the person was struck and killed.

Sivin Kit said...

this is sad