Two men were charged earlier today with reckless driving following an accident last week that saw a young toddler thrown from another moving vehicle traveling along the busy North-South Expressway.
Dashcam footage of the startled toddler looking dazed in the middle of the motorway went viral, leaving many netizens wondering how the 2-year-old was able to survive the incident relatively unscathed.
Both men were present in court today, and were identified as 23-year-old Nabil Hariz Jefridin and 20-year-old B. Thayalan, Berita Harian reports.
The court heard that on Feb. 10, at 3:20pm, a vehicle was spotted driving erratically near Senawang, along one of Malaysia’s busiest motorways. The vehicle collided with another car traveling in the same direction, and as a result of the impact, the young boy was thrown from the car. It’s unclear from the report whether the men were in the same car or separate ones, or which one was responsible for colliding with the car carrying the child.
While prosecutors hoped to set bail at a hefty RM7,000 (US$1,685) each, a lawyer representing Nabil Hariz asked that this be lowered as the defendant was still a student without a source of income. Thayalan went unrepresented, but also appealed for a lower bail.
Eventually the presiding judge set bail at RM4,000 (US$1,000) each, which both paid, and set the next court date for March 17.
Of course, the outcome of the case remains to be seen, but there’s definitely a lesson in all this: dashcam footage is all well and good in the event of a court case against alleged reckless drivers, but maybe it’s not such a bad idea to make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts so no toddlers get flung into the highway in the first place. Wear your damn seat belts, y’all.
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