In a span of three days, both the Penang bridges witnessed two different tragics.
The Star reported today that a man dressed smartly in a suit jumped off Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge or more commonly known as the Second Penang Bridge at about 9.30am yesterday (Jan 22).
The man was said to have live-streamed his leap on social media and the footage has since been circulating on the internet.
The video heard the man bid goodbye as he stopped his car by the road. He then stood on the ledge and waved to the camera before leaping off the bridge.
The daily reported that the man stopped his vehicle at Km12.1 of the bridge and he is identified as a 33-year-old who worked as a planning executive.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said fishermen on shift saved the man out of the water and he was semi-conscious upon rescuing. The marine police team picked up the man from the fishermen and rushed him to the hospital.
“He was depressed. His wife asked for divorce after they quarrelled. He left his car by the bridge,” Anbalagan said.
The Sun Daily reported Anbalagan as saying that the man is currently in stable condition.
In the evening the same day, the recovery team was able to pull out the sports utility vehicle (SUV) that plunged into the sea on Sunday midnight (Jan 20).
Up to 169 personnel from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Royal Malaysian Navy, Marine Police, firemen and civil defence took part in extracting the 1.5-tonne vehicle out of the water.
Victim Moey Yun Peng was found lifeless in the driver’s seat with his right hand still held onto the car door through the smashed window. MMEA Northern Region director First Admiral Rozali Mohd Said revealed that Moey survived the initial road crash but failed to get out the car when it plummeted into the water.
The 20-year-old deceased’s right foot was sticking out of the windshield and the door was slightly open as it seemed to have stuck. According to NST, the heavily damaged Mazda CX-5 was pulled out of the water by a crane at 6pm yesterday.
On the day of the incident, Moey was crossing the bridge to Butterworth along with his childhood friend. They were returning after celebrating a friend’s birthday at a club in Chulia Street.
His friend was driving a black Toyota Vios and he slammed into Moey’s rear left flank at high speed which caused Moey to lose control and ultimately took a dive into the dark ocean at 3am.
Bernama reported the police as saying that eight people in connection with the accident, who are also Moey’s friends, had had their statements recorded.
Seberang Perai Tengah District Police Chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the driver of the black sedan will have his statement recorded after he recovered from his injuries at a private hospital in Bayan Baru.
Meanwhile, Moey’s family is asking the public to stop speculating on the incident.
“Please stop speculating, and just leave us alone.
“Let my brother go in peace. My parents are very sad,” said Moey’s brother who only wanted to be known as Dennis.
Dennis said he would seek justice for his brother as video recordings have shown how the accident took place. FMT reported him as saying that he would let the police to investigate the matter and hoped the authorities would leave no stone unturned.
In a dash cam footage, the black Vios was seen cutting into the third lane before losing control and rammed into Moey’s car who was on the first lane. The white SUV steered left for a split second and fell off the bridge soon after.
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