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Police deny woman who rammed cyclists was on mobile phone

The police have denied an allegation that the woman who rammed into a group of teenage boys on their bicycles at Jalan Linkaran Dalam near Johor Baru early today, was using her mobile phone while driving.

Johor Baru South police chief ACP Sulaiman Salleh said investigations had been carried out, and there was no truth in the allegation.

“If the survivors did see it (the woman using her handphone), they should come forward to give their statement to the police,” he told Bernama when contacted in Johor Baru today.

He was asked to comment on claims by some of the survivors that the 22-year-old woman was using her phone while driving.

According to Sulaiman, the woman, an employee of a fish restaurant in Taman Ungku Aminah, was just returning from a friend’s house in Taman Pelangi when the incident occurred.

In the 3am incident, eight teenage boys were reportedly killed after being hit by a car driven by the woman, leaving five more with broken legs, two in unstable condition due to brain haemorrhage, and another with head wounds.

The incident was believed to have occurred when the teenagers were cycling towards Dataran Bandaraya Johor Baru and were blocking part of Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, next to the Mahmoodiah Cemetery.

- Bernama

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