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Bali Police Investigate Tourist Who Attacked Local Driver After Traffic Collision

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Police in Bali have launched an investigation into a traffic collision and subsequent attack that happened on Jalan Padang Tawang in Canggu on Wednesday morning. Footage of the incident has been doing the rounds on social media, gaining an increasing amount of attention. The incident involved a tourist, believed to be from Ukraine, and a local couple. 

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According to local reports, the Ukrainian citizen, known as Y, collided with a Balinese couple named as I Komang Suwastawa and his wife Ni Made Ernawati. Eyewitnesses had reported that Y crashed with the couple when he failed to look in all directions before making a right turn onto Jalan Padang Tawang. 

The Head of Public Relations of the Badung Police, Iptu Ketut Sudana, told reporters that the couple was shaken at the incident and were left injured. He told reporters, ‘Ernawati has a lump on the back of her head and her chest hurts. The woman from the county of Jembrana was taken to the Mangusada Kapal Hospital for treatment’.

But it was what happened immediately after the collision that caught the attention of the internet. According to eyewitnesses, Y started out on an angered rampage. He is reported to have attacked the couple, even strangling Suwastawa. Eyewitness first ran to the aid of the couple and tried to bring Y under control.

In the viral video, he is clearly unsteady on his feet, shouts loudly, and tries to shake off the local men who are trying to usher him away from the scene so that traffic doesn’t build up further. The videos of the incident are patchy as more onlooking arrived and started filming as the situation escalated.

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Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, North Kuta Police Chief Kompol Putu Diah Kurniawandari confirmed that an investigation is underway. He explained, ‘It started with a traffic accident. We have handled the traffic accident, and we have arrived at the initial crime scene, including the police who arrived. Then they were both directed there…For more details, I can’t get any information because it is directly handled by the Lakalantas Polres…Yes, of course it will be followed up. Initially, from the traffic accident, it developed from there, if there is a crime, yes, from there later’. 

Bali Traffic Police Officer Stands Away From Camera Looking At Traffic.

In the video, Y can be seen wearing long white shorts and a white singlet. He is barefoot and behaves aggressively toward those who are trying to de-escalate the situation. He appears to be drunk. The video pans around to Ernawati, who is being helped by another woman. The footage of Ernawati has been blurred as she has injuries to her head. She can be heard wailing in pain and shock. 

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The incident has shocked commentators online. Even local newspapers eluded to their confusion and frustration at the increase in these kinds of events. One newspaper opened their reporting of the incident with the statement, ‘it’s just getting weirder again [the] foreign citizens in Bali’. One commentator on the viral video did not hold back, writing, ‘Just deportation…the guest has no manners, he is a human, not an animal? Even pigs have manners these days’. 

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This is not the only time a tourist in Bali has gone viral for a moped-related incident this week. This week online commentators were calling for the deportation of an Australian tourist who was caught burning out the tires of his rental scooter. In the video, the tourist can be seen revving the bike’s engine and holding the brakes, making skid mark circles on the street, holding up traffic, and creating a noise disturbance. 

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Hundreds of people commented on the post, which went viral on several different social media platforms. Many were tagging everyone from the local police to social justice advocates to the Immigration Department of Indonesia. 

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Nigel

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Deport the piece of crap back to his country, he can take his anger out in the war 😂

Fab

Monday 17th of October 2022

Canggu is the sewer of Bali, things do not happen by chance, tidak ada kebetulan....

Sasha

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Deport this trash back to Ukraine! All that "fighting" energy could be useful in the army right now, but instead they are hiding out in Indonesia.

Paul Speirs

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Just get the facts straight first to find out who's fault was. I've had 2 accidents in bali none where my fault the bike driver's ran into the car when I was waiting for the traffic lights to turn green and they thought it was ok just to drive off iits about time everyone had incurance and a licence. Bali the land of the God's just hope and pray that you don't have a accident

Daniel Jones

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

@Paul Speirs, I agree, it's weird that you are not required to have insurance here. I've been driving here in Java for 12 years and had 2 small accidents and both times they weren't my fault. Damn angkots.

Daniel Jones

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

@Paul Speirs,

J.Maas

Saturday 15th of October 2022

Just a thought. Don’t rent motorbikes to foreigners, only pushbikes. Advantages, silent, no pollution, no speeding. And the drivers like gojek or grabjek can earn more money. And the tourist get a better condition😂😉, when he/she is returning

Exp

Sunday 16th of October 2022

If I travel to any other country in the western world I'm not allowed to rent any vehicle without showing valid driving license or international driving permit.

Bali renters need to face stiff sanctions if they are found renting out vehicles without ensuring the person has a valid international driving permit. Oh wait that will not happen as it - will deprive the renters of income, - will deprive the police of income and finally - will deprive the hospitals and clinics of income as well