At around 2am on Sunday, September 12th, two teenagers met their demise after their Proton Wira Aeroback was ploughed into head on by a Mitsubishi Triton which was being driven against traffic at kilometre 8.6 of the Federal Highway.
According to a video taken by a fellow road user at the time, the pick up truck was also moving at a high rate of speed in the middle lane, seemingly unaware of driving in the wrong direction. Following the high-speed collision, amateur video shows motorists confronting the Triton driver, a 24-year old male, asking if he had been consuming alcohol.
He denied this accusation but later tested positive for marijuana/ganja when being processed by police officers. He currently is being remanded for 6 days while a more thorough investigation is being conducted.
Speaking on the accident, Shah Alam district police chief Baharudin Mat Taib said that the two victims in the Proton Wira, an 18-year old female driver and a 19-year old male passenger, both from Klang, had died at the scene. Their bodies were sent to Shah Alam hospital for a post-mortem.
While the pick up truck driver emerged from the wreckage dazed, but relatively unscathed, a statement from Selangor fire department director Norazam Khamis reveals that first responders took about 30 minutes to extract the deceased victims from the crumpled remains of their Proton Wira.
Police urged witnesses of the accident to contact Shah Alam traffic investigations and enforcement department investigations.
Apart from the recent upshot of road accidents, this is far from the first video showing a vehicle travelling the wrong way down the road that has popped up in the last few days.
Since SOP relaxations have kicked in, some drivers have emerged from this period of 'hibernation' away from regular driving by behaving in erratic and dangerous ways.
There's just something about cars. It's a conveyance, it's a liability, it's a tool; but it can also be a source of joy, pride, inspiration and passion. It's much like clothes versus fashion. And like the latter, the pursuit of perfection never ends.