Monday October 8, 2012
Sports cars go crashing, four killed
By SIMON KHOO
KUANTAN: Four lives were lost when two high-powered sports cars were destroyed after they skidded and hit two trees.
The crashes involving Nissan Skyline cars occurred moments apart at about 4am, fuelling speculation that the drivers were speeding along the Jalan Haji Ahmad Satu stretch here.
The driver of the first car was identified as Tan Kah Yong, 34, a businessman from Klang while a woman from China, Bao Shanshan, 27, was his front passenger.
Firemen had to extricate their bodies from the badly-mangled vehicle.
Two other women passengers, Wei Litong and Zhang Hongmei, also from China, have been warded at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital with serious injuries. All three women apparently worked at a karaoke outlet here.
Also killed were the driver of the second car, businessman Go Haw Wei, 20, from Alor Akar, and car salesman Koay Khor Liang, 21, from Bukit Sekilau.
Go died at the scene while Koay succumbed to his injuries with his elder brother by his side moments after being brought to the hospital.
Firemen had earlier taken 40 minutes to extricate Koay from the wreck.
His brother Koay Koh Hong, 25, had rushed to the scene after receiving a call from a friend informing him of the accident.
Visibly shaken and traumatised, he stuttered: “I saw him ... barely able to talk and in great pain.
“I knew then that he might not make it. But I had to put on a brave front as I tried to assure him that everything was going to be all right when the firemen were cutting him free.”
It is learnt that Go runs a family-owned business and had just bought his car about two weeks ago.
Pahang traffic administrative enforcement officer Asst Supt Zainal Abidin Othman urged eyewitnesses to come forward.
He said initial investigations revealed that the road was wet due to an earlier downpour.
“We believe both drivers had been heading for Semambu from Kuantan,” he added.
ASP Zainal Abidin said the cases were being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving, resulting in death.