DUBAI 24 December 2019: The Dubai Police managed to arrest a GCC national driver who fled the scene after killing a woman in a hit-and-run crash.
Surveillance cameras could not capture his vehicle’s plate number. However, Dubai Police nabbed the suspect within 12 hours after the traffic accident was reported.
Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, said the operations room received a tip-off reporting that a woman was severely injured and lying on the street in Jumeirah 2 area.
A traffic patrol, an ambulance, and paramedics were immediately dispatched to the spot, where they found an Asian woman in her fifties.
The victim was rushed to Rashid Hospital but did not survive due to her severe injuries.
The woman was run over by a car while she crossed the street from an unspecified place. Her head hit the pavement as she fell and she died instantly. The driver fled the scene with no physical traces, except a part of his Nissan Patrol vehicle.
Al Jallaf said that a team was formed to investigate the crime scene and found a CCTV footage from a nearby apartment complex. The retrieved footage showed the victim crossing the road near a speed bump and the driver, who was driving at full speed, did not slow down.
“We were able to identify the suspect after further investigation and arrested him at his residence.” “An on-site inspection of his vehicle revealed that the right side of the front car was seriously damaged and the bumper on the left side had fallen off. Accordingly, the car was confiscated and handed over to the General Department of Forensic and Criminology to collect evidence and follow the necessary procedures,” Al Jallaf added.
Al Jallaf confirmed that the circumstances surrounding the accident were difficult to investigate due to lack of evidence and information on the vehicle and its owner, except a part of the car left at the scene. Apart from his car plate number could not be captured by the surveillance cameras, there was no eyewitness.
“All drivers must observe traffic rules and regulations, always be attentive on the road, and never escape the scene if involved in an accident,” Al Jallaf pointed out.