BUKIT MERTAJAM – The driver of the Toyota Vios, who allegedly rammed into a Mazda CX-5 sports utility vehicle (SUV) at KM4 of the Penang Bridge, has surrendered himself to the police today.

The accident, at 2.54am on Sunday, resulted in the Mazda CX-5 plunging into the sea.

Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid said the 21-year-old hairstylist surrendered himself at the district police headquarters at 2am today.

The man, who sustained injuries in the incident, was initially warded at the Seberang Jaya Hospital. He then sought further treatment at a private hospital on the island.

“He was accompanied by family members to the police station.

“He was subsequently arrested and is now in the lock-up to assist in investigations,” he said today.

Nik Ros Azhan said police have so far recorded 15 statements from various quarters.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

Police recently revealed that both drivers were friends, and that the Toyota Vios driver was driving under the influence of drugs.

Yesterday, rescuers successfully winched out the badly damaged SUV from the sea after a three-day search and rescue (SAR) operation and several failed attempts.

The driver of the vehicle, Moey Yun Peng, 20, was still strapped to the driver’s seat. His wallet was also found inside his pocket.

His remains were sent to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for post-mortem last night.

Nik Ros Azhan said Moey’s cause of death has been classified as “drowning in an individual involved in a road traffic collision”.

The SUV plunged into sea after being rammed into by a Toyota Vios. – NST

Family: Please stop spreading photos and videos of Yun Peng

BUTTERWORTH: “I appeal to all social media users to stop spreading photos and videos, and to delete the negative images of my late brother immediately as a sign of respect towards us.”

This was the humble plea from the family of Moey Yun Peng, 20, who died after the car he was driving plunged into the sea at KM4 of the Penang Bridge on Sunday following a road accident.

Yun Peng’s brother, who only wanted to be known as Dennis, urged all parties to understand their situation, especially since they had to face the reality that they had just lost their loved one.

He said the family accepted the fate, but he pleaded to the people not to spread and take down all photos and videos of his brother for the sake of the family’s sensitivity.

“The loss is a huge slap to us but what has happened has happened.

“We are appealing, please take care of his image and stop spreading any photos and videos of him in such situation as it hurts us,” said the distraught brother when met at their residence at Taman Kempas here today.

After three days of search and rescue (SAR) operation, the Mazda CX-5 sports utility vehicle (SUV) was successfully winched out from the sea at 5.50pm, with Yun Peng still strapped in the driver’s seat.

The SUV plunged into the sea after being rammed by a speeding Toyota Vios at 2.54am on Sunday.

“We leave it for the police to investigate and urged the public not to speculate.

“Let them (the police) do their job and decide who is at fault and who caused the accident,” Dennis continued.

He also thanked all the parties involved in the SAR operation and also apologised to members of the public who had to endure extraordinary traffic congestion on the bridge throughout the operation.

“Our special thanks to all the parties, including the various enforcement agencies, which struggled throughout the operation and managed to take out the deceased. We truly appreciate that.

“We are also sorry to all motorists who got stuck in traffic. We truly feel guilty about it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dennis said the Chinese New Year celebration next month would not be celebrated as they would still be in the mourning period.

“We just decorated the house, but after what happened, there will be no celebration for us, out of respect to our brother.

“This will be the first time he will not be with us and it hurts when we think about it,” said Dennis, describing Yun Peng as a respectful and loving child.

Yun Peng’s funeral is expected to be held at the Berapit Chinese Cemetery tomorrow.

The media, which was at the vicinity of the house since 10am, only spotted several relatives and friends who came to pay their last respects before they left. – NST