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Lambak accident claims life of teen cyclist

James Kon & Hakim Hayat

A teenage boy on a bicycle, lost his life after he was struck by a vehicle in Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan on Sunday.

According to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), the 15-year-old was cycling alone when he made an abrupt exit at a junction and was subsequently knocked by a vehicle on the main road.

The victim was lying on the road when an ambulance was called. He was pronounced dead by paramedics.

A police investigation revealed that the vehicle driver was an 18-year-old man without a valid driving licence. Meanwhile the victim’s bicycle was found with missing safety features such as front and rear brake pedals.

According to sources close to the victim’s family, he had gone out on his bike and returned with food for his family. However, it was the second time the victim left the house when he met with tragedy.

No further information was available at press time as the investigation is on-going.

Meanwhile, images shared on social media showed the victim’s mother kneeling down in shock at the news of her son’s death.

A teacher of the victim speaking in anonymity said the victim was a bright, cheerful and bubbly youngster.

The police in an advisory urged the public to be aware of the surrounding while cycling or driving on the road.

“Always make sure that safety equipment used has not been compromised to avoid untoward incidents from taking place,” it said.

ABOVE & BELOW: The victim’s bicycle; and cracked windscreen from the impact. PHOTOS: RBPF