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Police probing suspected 'mat rempit' activity following fatal crash

BAYAN LEPAS: An 18-year-old motorcyclist was killed after he crashed his vehicle into a car at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway here early this morning.

Muhammad Akid Mat Rozi, a private sector worker, died at the scene due to severe injuries.

The driver of the Proton Persona, also 18, sustained injuries to his left hand.

Southwest district police chief Superintendent Kamarul Rizal Jenal said police were alerted to the 4.30am accident involving a Yamaha RXZ motorcycle and Proton Persona near the Astaka Seagate traffic lights.

"Investigation showed the car driver was heading towards a nasi kandar restaurant at Jalan Tengah from the Queens Waterfront. When the car arrived at the Astaka Seagate traffic lights, it turned right as the lights were green.

"Suddenly, the motorcycle came from the opposite direction and crashed into the car. As a result, the car driver sustained injuries to his left hand while the motorcyclist died at the scene.

"We are investigating if the victim may have been involved in illegal racing prior to the crash."

Kamarul said further investigation at the site revealed the vehicles, as well as the deceased, had not been moved. It was also raining at the time of the incident.

"We are obtaining closed-circuit television camera footage, as well as tracking down witnesses to assist in our probe into the matter."

A post-mortem will be conducted after a Covid-19 test result on the deceased has been obtained. The case is probed under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Earlier today, social media was abuzz with video footage of the accident and claims of mat rempit activity taking place prior to the crash.

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