A 17-year-old local has reportedly been killed in a motorcycle accident near the Abu Hamour petrol station, according to local news reports.
Witnesses said the accident, which occurred late Monday night/early Tuesday morning, occurred after the motorcycle sped past a red light and hit an oncoming vehicle, the Peninsula states.
UPDATE | 12:35pm
Speaking to Doha News, an eyewitness said he observed the driver of the motorcycle speeding through a red light, despite the presence of a Fazaa vehicle nearby, and then running into an oncoming SUV.
The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said:
“I am thinking he will stop but there is no sound of brakes – and he did not apply (them) to stop even.
After hitting the (car), the first rider went in the air and hit the road on the other side of the Nissan Petrol. I stop my car because I am just behind the Nisaan. I came out and rush to the victims. Also the police car came and called the ambulance.
Both riders are too young…I talk to police and confirm that both are Qatari. Ambulance guys attended only to one victim on the spot – other had already died.”
Al Sharq reports that the rider, who was accompanied by another teenager, simply lost control of the motorcycle and hit the pavement.
The rider’s companion is in serious condition at Hamad General Hospital, the newspaper added.
The past week has been a grim one for Qatar, as road accidents have led to the death of more than a dozen people, all men.
That night, six young men, five of them locals, were reportedly killed after a major collision on a road west of Doha.
There were also several reports of non-fatal accidents around town, including one at the Pearl:
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Reacting to the reports, residents are shaking their heads and calling for safer driving on the roads, as well as stricter enforcement of traffic rules. But whether that call will be heeded remains to be seen.
I don’t know what’s sadder..A car accident killing six reckless18-year olds.. or the fact something like this is becoming the norm in Qatar— Dana Haidan (@DanaHaidan)
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