Car driven by 13-year-old son of Indonesian rock star crashes, killing 6

Car driven by 13-year-old son of Indonesian rock star crashes, killing 6
Abdul Qodir Jaelani (above), who caused the deaths of six people and injured nine others after losing control of a car given to him as a birthday present, has sparked outrage and a debate on the excesses of the rich and famous as well as the problem of underage drivers.

INDONESIA - Abdul Qodir Jaelani, the son of popular rock musician Ahmad Dhani, 41, was driving the black Mitsubishi Lancer home after dropping off his girlfriend early on Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle, mounted the divider of a toll road and smashed into an oncoming Daihatsu Gran Max minibus and a Toyota Avanza multi-purpose vehicle.


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Ahmad Dhani's son must get tough sanctions: Kompolnas

By The Jakarta Post

INDONESIA - The National Police Commission (Kompolnas) has said Abdul Qodir Jaelani alias Dul, an underage driver that was involved in a fatal traffic accident on the Jagorawi toll road that left six dead, must get tough sanctions.

"I think this is important to create a deterrent effect on other teenagers," said a Kompolnas member, Hamidah Abdurrachman, in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

In the traffic case, she said the commission concluded that Dul's parents might have greatly contributed to the incident.

"For parents whose children have yet to obtain a driver's license, they should not let them drive by themselves. They should be accompanied by parents or drivers," said Hamidah.

The accident occurred when a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Dul, the youngest son of musicians Ahmad Dhani and Maia Estianti, struck a central reservation before his car plunged into a different lane and hit two other vehicles.

The City Police on Monday named Dul a suspect in the accident.

While highlighting that the legal process should be allowed to run its course, Hamidah said Kompolnas also hoped that any punishment Dul was handed would not ruin his future.

Hamidah added, "His parents should not be held responsible for the incident. Criminal sentences are an individual responsibility," she said.

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