JOHOR BARU - Eight teenagers were killed while another eight were injured when a car driven by a 22-year-old woman rammed into them while they were riding their bicycles early Saturday.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Police Sulaiman Salleh said six of them were killed on the spot while two died on their way to Hospital Sultanah Aminah.
All 16 involved in the incident are aged between 13 and 17.
He said the incident took place at around 3.30am on Saturday along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery.
He said initial investigations showed that the driver was heading from Taman Pelangi to Jalan Skudai when the mishap happened.
ACP Sulaiman said that according to the driver, the teenagers were in the middle of the road, which was dark at that time when the accident occurred.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar visited the next of kin of the eight teenage cyclists who were killed after a car rammed into them.
He arrived at the mortuary of Hospital Sultan Aminah, where the victims' family members and relatives were waiting, at about 11.15am on Saturday.
Sultan Ibrahim, who was also in tears when speaking to the families, told them to monitor their children's whereabouts at all times and not to simply allow them to roam the streets, especially at night.
"Don't let it come to a situation where we cry for our children instead of the other way around.
"I myself have lost a son who will not return. I understand your feelings," he told the families before reciting a prayer.