UAE | Traffic and Transport

One killed, another injured in Dubai car accident

A 24-year-old Emirati man was killed and his 34-year-old compatriot suffered serious injuries when their car hit a parking meter and several shops

  • By Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:09 January 21, 2011

Dubai: A 24-year-old Emirati man was killed and his 34-year-old compatriot suffered serious injuries when their car hit a parking meter and several shops on Friday morning in Al Qusais.

The accident happened around 3:30am at Aleppo Street Junction, Chief Traffic Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha, Head of Dubai Traffic Public Prosecution, said.

“According to primary onsite interrogations, the 34-year-old driver drove his car recklessly and was speeding when he suddenly and inattentively swerved to a service road and hit the parking meter,” he said.

“His car continued skidding and rammed into a number of stores causing severe damages to the storefronts. No second car was involved in the accident. Traffic Public Prosecution has handed over the body of the deceased to his family for burial. Meanwhile, the 34-year-old driver has been placed under provisional detention until he recovers from his injuries for further investigation,” said Bu Farousha.

In a separate accident, a truck overturned on the Emirates Road on Friday evening killing a passenger in the vehicle.

According to Traffic Prosecution records, Bu Farousha said, seven people have died in traffic accidents since the beginning of January.

“The casualties include three Emiratis, two men and a woman. Reckless driving, speeding and sudden swerving were the main causes of the accidents. One accident happened because the driver failed to pay attention to other road users. We call on all motorists and road users to abide by traffic laws and be cautious to avoid liability, loss of lives and destruction of properties,” said Bu Farousha.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 16:33 January 22, 2011

    Last Thursday I was encountered with a 4x4 who was speeding just behind me keeping a few inches gap and on the other hand, my right line having another car so I couldn't change my lane. The car knowing that and he deliberately wanted to make an accident by others. Then he changed his lane back of my right hand side car and he started making twisting his car right and left as if He wanted to hit that car. I just thought even Police is so vigil many of motorist are mad in the roads. Let Police keep as many cameras to get a watch of this dangerous guys. Last 19 years driving through UAE Roads and never felt scared of Driving, but now a days think differently.

    Gopalakrishnan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:26 January 22, 2011

    you can see on sheikh zayed road most of the women drivers talking on the phone. it's most common site on the road and if honk they will ask what happen. Such good weather outside so we keep windows down but some people smoke and drive, ash goes to the other cars, dangerous for other drivers and passengers eye. but who cares.

    M, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:49 January 22, 2011

    Reckless driving is one of the major causes of death. Since the beginning of the year more than 20 people lost their lives. Authorities must invest more on prevention methods.

    Sam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:33 January 22, 2011

    Accidents are also happening [due to] over work and improper sleep. On January 19, my car was hit from behind be a lady at IBN batuta mall's entry ramp . I was sitting in traffic and my car is in a stopped poistion, waiting to clear the traffic. She came at such a high speed and hit my car. The bumper, boot and lights were damaged badly. She told me she was [tired]. And also she told the same thing to police. Over stress in the work place and improper sleep is also a cause of accidents. I request that people not drive on the roads if they haven't had sufficient sleep of at least 6 hours on night. At least we can avoid this kind of accident. Its a problem for the drivers and the other road users. Sashi.

    sashi, Dubai, Afghanistan

  5. Added 10:45 January 22, 2011

    There should be more fines for breaking the rules, such as fines for changing lanes without giving an indicator; asking other to get off the speed lane just because you have a luxury vehicle & you want to drive at excessive speeds. The concerned authorities have to control this menace which endangers other's lives & results in various kinds of losses associated with it.

    Unique, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:45 January 22, 2011

    I was out with my family yesterday to enjoy lovely weather, obviously we and all other responsible drivers were driving at a slow speed due to wet and slippery roads but seeing some cars driving and passing us by, using hard shoulders, giving looks and worst part was they were speeding! I was wondering, where did the mobile cameras and unmarked police cars go?

    Adnan Ansari, Dubai, United Arab Emirates