KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 – Tragedy struck for a group of Hindu devotees on their way to fulfill their vows in conjunction with Thaipusam when three of them were killed and three others injured in a hit-and-run accident near the exit to Desa Petaling on the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway Saturday.

Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Legal Staff Officer DSP S.Markandan said the incident occurred about 8 am while the group of 45 Hindu devotees were walking towards Kuala Lumpur on the emergency lane of the Seremban-bound lane of the highway.

A black BMW car, with registration number PMH718, heading towards Seremban, crashed into them, he said, adding that the impact caused the victims to be flung. However, the car driver did not stop, he told a media conference at the Kuala Lumpur traffic police station here today.

Police identified the dead as K.Saravanan, 45, C.Kannan, 51, and S.Papa, 53, all from Seremban. They died on the spot and the bodies were sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for post mortem. The injured were sent to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital for treatment. They are P. Mageswaran, 40, D.Darrshen, 18 , and a woman whose identity has yet to be ascertained.

“The group started their walk to Batu Caves from Seremban last Thursday to fulfill their vows in conjunction with Thaipusam, which would be celebrated tomorrow. Last night, the group spent the night at the Sungai Besi Rest and Recreational Area before continuing their walk at 6 am today,” Markandan said.

Markandan said investigation by the police found that they group was walking on the right lane, which was the emergency lane and against the traffic low. He said police also tracked down the car owner and found it belonged to a woman in Jelutong, Penang.

However, he said the woman said her son was using the car. He also added that the car was later found abandoned along the Kesas Expressway and efforts were being made to track down the driver. He advised the driver to surrender to the police and urged those with information on the case to contact investigating officer Inspector Zakia Wahab at 0128778620 or the Kuala Lumpur Traffic police at 03-20719999.

— Pic courtesy PDRM

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