The family of a British man who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Buleleng Regency last week has signed a peace agreement with the perpetrator.
The incident happened on Thursday 2nd November at around 1 p.m. in Tajun Village, which sits along the Singaraja-Kintamani Highway.
During a meeting facilitated by the British Consulate, the family of 24-year-old HB signed a peace agreement with Njoo Pin Tek, 54, who remains in police custody.
According to local reports, HB was driving from Ubud to Singarja on the night of the 2nd of November. He was driving a Honda Vario when he was hit by Tek who was driving a car.
Tek has told police that he knew he had hit HB and saw that he had fallen from his moped onto the road.
However, rather than stopping and checking the condition of HB, Tek told police that he presumed that he was OK, simply grazed in the collision, and drove onwards.
Tek has told police that he took a right turn too wide, which resulted in him colliding with HB who was on the correct side of the road.
Tek was arrested by Kintamani Police, in partnership with the Bulelng Police Traffic Unit, close to Ulun Danu Batur Temple.
The Head of the Traffic Unit for Buleleng Police, AKP Bachtiar Arifin, spoke to reporters after the meeting with HB’s family and the British Consulate.
@life_of_lozz Before I say what i’m about to say, there are so many beautiful parts of Bali but we were not prepared for just how dangerous the roads were going to be. Most of the time you had to just walk out and hope for the best 😬 there were also HUGE holes in the floor everywhere and hardly any pavements so if you were walking at night you had to keep your eyes on the ground and road ahead for oncoming traffic. In the end we used the taxi apps ‘grab’ and ‘gojek’ as they were cheap and much safer than walking (especially at night). #traveltiktok #bali #balitravelguide #travelbucketlist #southeastasia #baliroads #seasiatravel ♬ Oh No – Kreepa
AKP Afrin explained, “The British consulate is bridging the will of the victim’s family to resolve this case amicably.”
“Yesterday they signed a peace agreement because they have to return to their country.” He shared that HB’s family decided on a peace agreement since they could not continue to travel back and forth from Indonesia for a court case.
The British Consulate is working with authorities in Bali or organize the repatriation of HB to the UK.
AKP Afrin added that Tek “thought he was just grazed, because [HB] was positioned from the side. It didn’t feel like he had been hit, so he continued his journey towards Kintamani.”
Despite the peace agreement, Tek could still face criminal charges from Buleleng Police and AKP Afrin said “The case is being processed to resolve.”
@theadventureawaits_lj Bali Roads Are Crazy!! Have People Coming At Your From Every Angle😅😂🤣 #Bali #Roads #NoSafety #Scary #everymanforthemselves #Crazy #Bikes #Cars #Trucks #Seminyak #FYP ♬ original sound – The Adventure Awaits ✨
The tragic death of HB is an awful reminder to tourists that Bali’s roads are dangerous, especially at night, even when driving with all safety precautions in place.
There are dozens of fatal collisions on Bali’s roads every week; while the majority involve local people, especially young drivers, there are also collisions involving foreigners.
On Sunday night, a fatal collision took the life of a 15-year-old local boy and landed three others in hospital severely injured. The boys had been driving late at night, three on one moped, one on another.
The Head of Public Relations for the Buleleng Police, AKP Gede Darma Diatmika, confirmed on Sunday night that based on the police investigation, the traffic accident occurred due to the negligence of the driver of the Honda Scoopy, who was carrying two of his friends, one of whom died on impact.
AKP Diatmika told reporters, “One person died, while three other people were injured and are being treated in hospital. Currently, further investigations are being carried out by the Buleleng Police Traffic Unit and the Sawan Police.”
On Saturday night in Abiantuwung Village in Tabanan Regency, just 20 minutes from the popular tourist attractions around Tanah Lot Temple, a 19-year-old moped driver died of catastrophic head injuries in a collision with a truck.
Ica Nur Aini was driving with herself and her colleague home from work when she lost control of the moped and crashed into an oncoming truck.
All drivers, tourists, and locals are urged to prioritize safety on the roads at all times. Always wear a helmet on a motorcycle, only driving at night where necessary, never driving under the influence of alcohol, and always hyper-vigilant to the behavior of other road users who may not be honoring the traffic laws.
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