Johor Bahru – A Singaporean motorcyclist, 43, was decapitated after an accident in Johor Bahru on June 16 (Sunday).
According to The New Straits Times, the incident involved a certain Xavier Liaw Ziang E who was riding along Kilometer 6.6 Jalan Gelang Patah-Ulu Choh from Gelang Patah. The victim was identified by Iskandar Puteri Assistant Police Commissioner Dzulkhairi Mukhtar.
The victim, who was riding a high-powered BMW motorcycle, collided with a Toyota Hiace van.
The impact was so strong that it caused the motorcyclist’s body to decapitate and to be flung onto the middle of the road.
“Initial investigations at the accident location showed that the van from Ulu Choh heading to Gelang Patah was believed to have made a right turn at a junction, when the victim’s motorcycle which was coming on the straight road from Gelang Patah and heading to Ulu Choh slammed into the van,” said the police on Sunday.
“The impact of the accident saw the victim’s head being decapitated and the body flung onto the middle of the road.”
According to the police, the victim’s remains were sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital Johor Baru for post mortem.
“The cause of the accident was due to the motorcycle slamming into the left side of the van’s rear. The victim died on the spot,” the police added.
The van driver, 28, was left unhurt. He was arrested for further investigation under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless or dangerous driving.
The police are urging members of the public who witnessed the accident to come forward and relay any information that could help them with the investigation.
It is still unknown what caused the collision as the scene of the incident involved a two-lane road. Weather conditions were also fair at the time of the tragedy.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden tragedy, especially on Father’s Day,” said Ms Liaw Wy-cin, 44, who is the victim’s sister.
She added, “We had just met for Father’s Day dinner last night, and my mother spoke to him around midnight,” reported The Straits Times.
“This is my father’s biggest fear come true. My mother had always nagged him about the danger, but he always said that at least he would go doing what he enjoyed, and we take some comfort in that.”