Family of student killed in car accident relieved 17-year-old driver caught

Family of student killed in car accident relieved 17-year-old driver caught
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KUALA LUMPUR - Family members of the college student who was killed in a hit-and-run on the first day of Hari Raya say they are relieved that the alleged 17-year-old suspect has been caught.

The victim's sister, Farhanna Qismina Supandi, 18, said the family was still reeling from the shock of losing her elder sister in the accident, which also landed her mother and youngest sister in the hospital, but the news of the arrest gave her some closure.

"It is good enough to know who did it.

"I want to thank the police for their fast action and everyone who has supported us," she told The Star as she sat beside the bed of her 11-year-old sister Farhanna Qisrina at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital paediatric ward.

In the incident, Farhanna Qistina, 21, died of severe head injuries after the driver allegedly rammed his car into the back of her family's Proton Perdana in Jalan Kuching here.

The impact caused the car to spin out of control and into the opposing lane of the road, where they were hit by an express bus.

The crash also critically injured Farhanna Qistina's younger sister and 53-year-old mother while Farhanna Qismina and her 28-year-old brother escaped with minor injuries.

She and her family had just collected their newly sewn baju raya from Klang and were driving back home, with plans to travel to Muar for the first day of Hari Raya.

Farhanna Qismina said Farhanna Qisrina was recovering while their mother had been discharged from the hospital.

Kuala Lumpur staff officer for traffic investigations and regul­ations Deputy Supt Markandan Subramaniam said the driver, a Form Five student, was arrested on Sunday night after police tracked the car number plate from the fragments left at the scene of the accident.

"He was driving his father's Toyota Camry at the time of the accident.

"We have released him on bail after recording his statement," DSP Markandan said, declining to elaborate as the case involved a minor.

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