Briton killed in SMART Tunnel car crash

Briton killed in SMART Tunnel car crash
The Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel is a regular motorway when there are no storms or floods.

KUALA LUMPUR - A British visitor, travelling to the city from Seremban with his Malaysian friend, was killed when their car crashed into a wall of the SMART Tunnel here.

Thomas George Maccabee, 22, died from injuries at the scene of the 4.50am incident yesterday.

Car driver Basheera Hayati Abdul Malik, 25, was rushed by rescuers to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, where she is being treated for body and internal injuries.

Met at the hospital, her father said Basheera Hayati had just graduated and was currently working as a tutor.

"I do not know where she was headed nor the person she was with at the time of the accident.

"At the moment, she is too traumatised to speak to us," added the father, who declined to give his personal details.

The case is being investigated as causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.

City staff officer for traffic investigation and regulation Deputy Supt S. Markandan said the vehicle driven by Basheera Hayati was believed to have crashed into the wall of the tunnel after she lost control of it.

"The strong impact killed the passenger (Maccabee) and caused internal injuries to the driver," he said in a statement here yesterday.

He added the cause of the crash was still under investigation.

"We have informed the British High Commission of the incident," said DSP Markandan.

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