Police are looking for a man in his 20s who hit six Thaipusam devotees with his car this morning. Pix courtesy of NST reader

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are looking for a man in his 20s who hit six Thaipusam devotees with his car this morning, killing three of them and injuring the others.

Kuala Lumpur Traffic Police Investigation and Traffic Law officer Deputy Superintendent S. Markandran said police had found a black BMW which had been left abandoned near the Lekas Expressway at about 1pm today.

Police found the BMW after a search was mounted for the car based on a registration plate which was found at the scene of the accident.

"Further checks on the car's details revealed that it belongs to a 50-year-old woman who hails from Penang. We have contacted our colleagues in Penang and they have met the owner of the car.

"The woman told us that the car was driven by her son who stays in Kuala Lumpur. However, the family refused to give full cooperation with the police to get more details on her son," he said during a press conference at the Traffic Police Headquarters here today.

Markandran said police urged members of the public with information on the whereabouts of the car owner as well as witnesses during the incident to come forward and assist police with investigations.

"Those who have information on the car owner are urged to come to the nearest police station or contact the traffic operations room at 03-2071 9999," he said.

Earlier, three devotees in a Thaipusam procession from Senawang to Batu Caves were killed when a car crashed into them at the Seremban-Kuala Lumpur Expressway, near Sri Petaling here this morning.

The driver of the black BMW sped off after the 8.30am accident which also injured three other devotees.

The injured victims were rushed to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre while the bodies were taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Forensic Unit for post-mortem.

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