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Suspect in hit-and-run incident identified

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 7: The suspect of a hit-and-run, which caused the death of a 58-year-old woman, has been identified .

In the 10am incident yesterday, Foo Swee Wah was hit by a motorcyclist who ran the red light at a pedestrian crossing in Burma Road, near the Pulau Tikus police station.

She later died at 8.45pm after sustaining severe head injuries and a broken leg.

According to Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye, the suspect is being traced based on his motorcycle’s registration number which was recorded in a video, reported The Star Online.

“He (the suspect) should have made a police report within 24 hours of the accident, or else, it would have become an offence.

“We are now tracing him for questioning,” Comm Chuah was quoted as saying by The Star Online.

He said this to reporters on Friday when met at a prayer session at Mahindarama Buddhist Temple in Kampar Road in conjunction with the 210th Police Day celebrations.

Foo, who is believed to be a coffee-shop operator, was crossing the road after the light had turned green for pedestrians when the accident occurred.

She was about to reach the other side of the road when the motorcyclist rammed into her, causing her to be thrown a few metres.

The motorcyclist’s helmet was flung off his head in the impact but he sped away from the scene without stopping.

A 12-second video of the incident, which was recorded by the dashboard camera of a vehicle, has since gone viral.-TMT

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