Pedestrian’s foot severed in superbike accident

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GEORGE TOWN — An Indonesian pedestrian had her left foot severed when a superbike crashed into her, dragging her for several metres, along Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu yesterday.

The rider abandoned the motorcycle and fled on foot.

Passers-by called an ambulance and the victim, Maria Elisabet Hoar, 44, was sent to the hospital where attempts to reattach her foot were unsuccessful.

District police chief ACP Mior Farid Alathrash Wahid said the victim was crossing the road from Lebuh Macallum to Jalan Gurdwara when the motorcyclist, travelling from the direction of Pengkalan Weld, struck her.

She was trapped underneath the machine and dragged for some distance.

Police launched a traffic operation along Lebuhraya Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu around noon yesterday in view of the coming festive season.

“Ops Selamat”, which began at 1pm, saw 59 summonses issued for various traffic offences, with speeding recording the most number of offenders. Eighteen summonses were also issued for illegal number plates.

The operation will continue until July 13 and offenders will be issued with the maximum RM300 fine during this period.

During the operation, police also nabbed a 22-year-old motorcyclist who was found to be intoxicated. Tests later revealed he was under the influence of drugs.