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Dubai: Officials urge caution after 3 killed in latest car smash

3 people killed after speeding car rams into restaurant, bringing the half-year toll up to 85 dead

  • By Bassam Za’za’ and Bassma Al Jandaly, Gulf News
  • Published: 20:00 July 26, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Traffic Public Prosecution
  • Three people were killed and three others were injured when a car rammed into a restaurant in Al l Barsha area of Dubai early Friday morning.

Dubai: Officials have urged motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution and obey road rules after three people were killed and three others injured when a car rammed into a restaurant in the Al Barsha area early Friday morning.

The dead comprised two Asian restaurant workers who were killed on the spot while a third compatriot died in hospital. Police said the car smelled of alcohol and medical tests have been undertaken to determine if the driver was drunk.

This brings the number of people killed on Dubai roads to 85 so far this year, compared with 49 deaths in the same period last year, police said.

Most of the fatalities were caused by speeding, reckless driving or driving under the influence of alcohol.

In the latest smash on Friday morning, a speeding Angolan driver crashed his Mercedes S-Class luxury sedan into a restaurant in Al Barsha 3 at around 2.40am on Friday, killing the three restaurant workers and injuring three others.

Senior Chief Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha, Head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution (TPP), said six people have died since the start of Ramadan (July 10) in four separate incidents.

“An Emirati driver died in the first accident after his car overturned. Meanwhile, an Indian driver died after he lost control over his speeding car that overturned and was gutted by fire. Also, a pedestrian was killed [separately], while the remaining three [fatalities were involved] in Friday’s accident,” said Bu Farousha.

“We seriously urge road users and driver to be more attentive and cautious while driving and particularly before iftar and suhour time. Drivers usually tend to lose concentration before iftar and suhour, but we strongly advise them to constantly remain on the alert while driving and to abide by the law for their safety and that of other road users,” he told Gulf News.

In Friday’s incident, the 21-year-old driver lost control over his speeding vehicle, veered off the street’s right lane, hit a signpost, then crashed into the restaurant’s front side, Bu Farousha went on to say.

“Two of the restaurant’s workers died on the spot, according to the onsite inspections that were carried out by Traffic Prosecutor Hamad Al Ali. Meanwhile, a third worker died when he arrived at hospital. A 21-year-old Brazilian female passenger, who was in the same car with the Angolan driver who caused the accident, sustained moderate injuries. Two Asian workers, who sustained serious and moderate injuries, were admitted to hospital along with a woman,” said Bu Farousha.

Police patrols from Bur Dubai Police Station and ambulances were dispatched to the accident site.

“Very high speed and inattentive driving are believed to be the main causes of the accident. We informed the Acting Attorney-General, Yousuf Al Mutawa, immediately about the accident. The driver has been held under provisional detention pending further investigation at the TPP first thing on Saturday morning.

“Urine and blood samples have been taken from the Angolan driver for testing to decide whether he was driving under the influence of liquor. We will hear the statements of witnesses and victims according to their health conditions,” added Bu Farousha.

Traffic prosecutors will also examine surveillance footage. The TPP will follow up on the victims’ conditions in coordination with Dubai Health Authority, said Bu Farousha.

Meanwhile, Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, acting director of the Dubai Police Traffic Department also urged greater care on the road.

He said 142 accidents occurred in the past six months from driving under the influence of alcohol, with 39 people injured and 258 cars involved in those accidents.

Comments (26)

  1. Added 17:17 July 27, 2013

    Three precious and innocent lives have been lost !!! Do we have to wait and be the next victim of these rich kids with luxury cars who have scant respect for other peoples lives. There should never be any permissible limit for people who drink and drive. Statistical records prove that most fatal accidents are caused by people who drink and drive. The law needs to be more tough and few years behind bars and deportation will not be a deterrent. I want the people who drink and drive whether they are sober or not to be deported immediately. There should be Zero tolerance towards drink and driving. I want this guy who killed these three people to be behind bars forever although this punishment will never be enough.

    Rizwan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:16 July 27, 2013

    Shame to hear this!! Majority of people residing here are Muslims. And Liquor is haram (strictly prohibited) in Islam. If you fear Allaah, please stop the sale of liquor.

    Ahmed Shakir, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:10 July 27, 2013

    This is very sad story. Unfortunately, we can not ban the alchohol but ploice must get control over people that drives under influence of any alchohol. This can be done by dispatching police team that would control the visitors of bars at least in very popular locations. They could have advise them to call a taxi instead of driving in this condistion. Police must understand that drunk drivers are stupid people and criminals as this activity long time ago banned in all countries. Driving drunk causes jail even in Russia.

    Ali, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:41 July 27, 2013

    Banning the sale and consumption of alcohol completely, is the only solution.

    Kumar, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 16:13 July 27, 2013

    Most of fatal accident due to inflence of alcohol/ liquor, why not to ban alcohol in the country

    Ghouthu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 15:16 July 27, 2013

    I see every now and then a car accident while travelling on the roads of Dubai. The Drivers do not follow the rules of the book at all. The common problem i have seen in the accidents is that drivers do not keep a safe distance between vehicles which is one of the major cause of the road accidents.

    Rahat, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:11 July 27, 2013

    I know this restaurant and most of their staff, its so heart breaking to hear about this tragedy, may GOD rest there soul in peace and give their family courage to face this difficult time.

    Muhammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:54 July 27, 2013

    UAE needs more Police visibilty and hefty fines for Speeding.

    Aries M C, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:29 July 27, 2013

    Increasing fines and number of radars will not solve this issue. Two things are very important to restrict these type of mishaps. 1. Ban Liquor completely even on Duty free, 5star hotels etc. 2. Continuous patrolling rather than waiting for radars to earn fines. One Question only. Does fines bring back the lost ones?

    Sam, Dubai, India

  10. Added 14:09 July 27, 2013

    It is with immense grief and great sorrowness that innocent people while at their work place lost their lives for no fault of their own. Heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives, friends, associates, peers, pals, colleagues, community and clan members of the deceased. May God Almighty grant them patience and courage to bear this irreparable loss. Aameen. At the same time, isn't it the high time and the right time to totally ban Alcohol/Liquor in UAE? I will urge the authorities to give a serious thought to it in the larger interest of public safety and protection.

    Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad, St. Peters, Missouri - U.S.A., United States

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