A fatal accident involving a Yamaha LC motorcycle and a Toyota Wish that occurred at 7.30pm on Friday led to a riot in Kuala Selangor.
The crash victim, Nurjunaidah Ishaq, 36, was on her way home from Shah Alam, when she skidded and hit a concrete drain while trying to avoid a car at the intersection of Km21 Teluk Intan, Taman Assam Jawa in Kuala Selangor. She died on the spot.
According to Kuala Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Assistant Superintendent Ramle Bakar, the driver of the car contacted the police and parked his vehicle at a restaurant not far from the scene of the accident.
“The driver entered the restaurant and a few minutes later, a group of men who gathered at the scene of the incident approached him to ask about the incident, giving rise to a fight,” he said at a press conference today.
He said during the commotion, two police patrol cars from Kuala Selangor police headquarters arrived at the restaurant and broke up the altercation.
However, 200 people gathered in front of the restaurant and, while police were escorting the victim to the patrol car to be taken to the station, another commotion broke out as the men were not satisfied.
“In order to protect the driver, a few policemen were injured as a result of struggling with the men involved.”
The officers then called other police personnel from Kuala Selangor police headquarters for back-up as police vehicles had been blocked by crowds of people.
At the same time, a young man, aged 29, who recorded the scuffle, suffered injuries to his head and scratches on his elbow and back after he was punched and kicked by the group that attacked the driver.
Both victims were taken to the hospital for further examination and were given outpatient treatment.
Police remanded a man on Saturday to assist in the investigation of the incident.
The accident, which resulted in death, is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act, while the riot case is being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code.
Police advised the public not to continue believing in speculation on social media which could cause racial tension.
Video of the riot in Kuala Selangor went viral after catching the attention of social media users and made rounds on blogs.