Police examine location of road traffic tragedy

"We still cannot predict when or how the results will come out, Let us give the forensic laboratory officers time to evaluate the findings," Darmanto said.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Police forensic laboratory and traffic officers on Tuesday examined the location where a car ran down and killed nine pedestrians in Gambir, Central Jakarta, last Sunday.

Regarding the findings of the examination, the head of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police`s traffic law enforcement sub directorate, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Darmanto, said he still could not as yet be able to disclose them as the examination was still ongoing.

"I still cannot make any decision because I have to wait for the the results of the forensic laboratory examination," he said.

He asked the public to be patient and wait for the results.

"We still cannot predict when or how the results will come out, Let us give the forensic laboratory officers time to evaluate the findings," he added.

Darmanto said the case in which the female car`s driver and three of her friends had already been named suspects was now being handled by the Jakarta police.

Meanwhile, the police forensic laboratory and traffic officers team was seen conducting the examination at 11 spots in the street where the fatal accident happened. The spots lay scattered in front of the Ministry of Trade building, near the Tugu Tani bus stop, and in front of the Tax Office.

While the examination was in progress, many passers-by stopped and eventually formed a large crowd that watched the police team in their work. The crowd was so large that traffic through the street stagnated and approaching vehicles had to be diverted to other routes.

The tragedy happened at noon on Sunday (Jan 22) when a Xenia minivan speeding through M Ridwan Rais street in the Tugu Tani area, Central Jakarta, driven by Afriyani Susanti (29), hit pedestrians on the sidewalk and a bus shelter.

Police later said Susanti and three of her friends in the car had consumed drugs and alcohol the night before. Due to her recklessness, nine people lost their lives and five others had to be hospitalized for serious injuries.

The dead victims were taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) and the injured to Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital.

The nine fatalities were Moch Hudzaifah al Ujay (16), Firmansyah (21), Suyatmi (51), Yusuf Sigit (16), Ari (2,5), Nanik Riyanti (25), dan Fifit Alfia Fitriasih (18), Wawan (17), and M Akbar.

The five seriously injured persons were Siti Mukaromah (30), Mohammad Akbar (22), Keny (8), Indra (11), and Teguh Hadi Purnomo (30).

Afriani Susanti is facing charges based on several articles in Indonesia`s laws on traffic safety as well as on drug abuse. She could be sentenced to up to 6 years in jail.(*)

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