REMBAU: The driver of a Perodua Myvi in a video where a two-year-old boy was flung out of a car and landed in the fast lane of the south-bound North-South Expressway (PLUS) has been remanded for three days to facilitate investigation.
Negri Sembilan Traffic Investigation and Enforcement deputy head, DSP Shaifulizan Sulaiman said the remand order for the 20-year-old man was issued by Magistrate Tan Chai Wei.
The man, clad in T-shirt and black short trousers, arrived at the court accompanied by several policemen. He would be in remand until Feb 14.
He was arrested in Batu Berendam, Melaka, at about 4.50pm yesterday.
The 59-second video, recorded from a dashboard camera, went viral on the social media yesterday. The incident took place about 3.20pm at KM 235.5 of the north-bound PLUS Expressway near Senawang.
The boy was traveling with his family in a car that swerved to avoid collision with another car that was being driven in a dangerous manner. The sudden movement jolted the boy out of the car.
Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan Women Affairs, Family and Welfare Action Committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon, who visited the boy at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban today, said the boy sustained minor external injury and was reported in stable condition.
She said the X-ray showed that the boy had no internal injury and assured that the state government would help the family get a child restraint seat (CRS).
“The incident clearly shows the importance of using child seat. We hope more people would comply with the regulations on the use of CSR for children,” she added.
Meanwhile, the boy’s father, K. Satthiaseelan, 33, said he was driving on the right lane of the expressway when he spotted a Honda Jazz flicking a high beam on his rear view mirror, with a Perodua Myvi trailing closely behind it.
“When I wanted to change lane, a Perodua Myvi suddenly came from the left side and cut in front of me to the right lane, hitting the left rear side of my car. The impact of the collision caused me to hit the road divider.
“That’s when I saw my son flying through the window screen of the front passenger seat. I immediately stopped the car in the middle of the road and searched for him in the car, but I could not find him. I then saw him in the middle of the road and quickly went to him,” he added.
Satthiaseelan, a furniture factory worker who resides in Taman Cempaka, Rantau, thanked motorists who helped them during the incident, especially the lorry driver who stopped his vehicle to save his son, Tisshaaanth. – BERNAMA