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DFA: SUV driver who hit group of Pinoy bikers in Kuwait surrendered

The driver of the SUV that plowed into a group of Filipino bikers in Kuwait has already surrendered to authorities, a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official said on Sunday.

DFA Undersecretary Eduardo de Vega said the driver may face charges if proven that he or she was recklessly driving at the time of the accident involving around 50 Pinoy bikers.

“'Yung driver, nag-surrender na. Hindi pa malinaw kung ano sinabi pero tingin natin Kuwaiti. Kusang loob nag-surrender na sa mga pulis kaya iniimbestigahan ng Kuwaiti government, tinitignan ‘yung mga films ng accident,” he said in a Super Radyo dzBB interview.

(The driver has surrendered. It is still unclear what was said but we think s/he is Kuwaiti. S/he voluntarily surrendered to the police, so the Kuwaiti government is investigating and is reviewing the films of the accident.)

De Vega said that the SUV swerved and hit the group of bikers who were reportedly on the bike lane.

Eleven of the victims were brought to two hospitals, according to him. Of them, seven were already discharged, two are still under observation, while the other two are seemingly under a critical condition.

“'Yung dalawa medyo grabe. ‘Yung isa, head injuries, ‘yung isa back injuries,” he added.

(The two victims have pretty bad injuries—one was on the head, while the other one on the back. )

De Vega further pointed out that many bikers were already involved in an accident in Kuwait due to lack of bike lanes in the country. —KG, GMA Integrated News