Mechanic killed after motorcycle hits kerb

FATAL CRASH: Traffic police officers investigating at the scene of the accident. (Inset): Lee Joo Kim.

KUCHING: A mechanic was killed instantly when his motorcycle crashed at the Tapah Bazaar junction at Mile 23 Kuching-Serian Road early yesterday morning.

Lee Joo Kim, 55, was riding past the bazaar when his machine went out of control and hit the roadside kerb, flinging him onto the road.

Lee from Bukit Assek in Sibu died on the spot from head injuries in the 6am incident.

Passers-by alerted the police, who arrived to investigate before transporting the body to Sarawak General Hospital mortuary.

In another accident, a youth was treated for head injuries after his car overturned at Mile 13 Kuching-Serian Road early yesterday.

The 23-year-old driver from Serian earlier had a drink at Kota Sentosa with friends and was making his way home when the incident occurred around 1am.

A motorcyclist, travelling in the opposite direction to Jalan Puncak Borneo, told reporters at the scene the victim’s Proton had veered into his lane moments before the accident.

“The driver was going quite fast and had entered my lane before swerving back into his own lane. But his car went out of control and overturned several times into a bush,” he said.

The motorcyclist and several other passers-by who witnessed the incident went to the aid of the driver trapped inside the overturned car and helped him out, before calling for an ambulance.

A member of the public said fortunately the driver was spotted by other road users, as overgrown bushes hid the vehicle from view.

The victim was treated at Sarawak General Hospital for cuts to his head and limbs, and was discharged later in the morning.


HELPING HAND: Members of the public emerge from the bushes with the injured youth after helping him out from his overturned car.

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