No sabotage, malicious elements in church car crash, say cops

The car was reported to have driven through the gates of St Ignatius Church, crushing tables and chairs placed in the church’s car park before hitting a tree.

PETALING JAYA: Police have found no elements of sabotage or malicious intent after a car drove through the gates of the St Ignatius Church here and damaged tables and chairs placed in the church’s car park around midnight on Friday.

However, Petaling Jaya deputy police chief Hussin Sollehuddin Zolkifly said the cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Police are still in the process of identifying and recording statements from independent witnesses, he added.

“We wish to remind the public not to speculate and cause unnecessary concern. Additionally, we urge all road users to always adhere to traffic laws to prevent any accidents,” he said in a statement.

Yesterday, it was reported that the car drove straight into one of the trees within the church compound.

Hussin was quoted yesterday as saying that an investigation paper had been opened under Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless and dangerous driving.

He said the driver, a male in his 30s, claimed that he was travelling from Subang Jaya to Kelana Jaya when he took a wrong turn and lost control, causing the vehicle to enter the church premises.

The driver sustained spinal injuries and was initially sent to the Kelana Jaya Medical Center before being transferred to the University Malaya Medical Centre for further treatment, he added.

The driver has since been discharged and has provided the police with a statement regarding the incident, Hussin said. No arrests have been made.

Blood and urine samples have been collected and will be sent to the chemistry department for analysis.


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