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Tue 24 Dec 2019 08:15 AM

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Dubai Police arrest GCC national after fatal hit-and-run

The driver was arrested less than 12 hours after the incident despite there being little evidence and no eyewitnesses

Dubai Police arrest GCC national after fatal hit-and-run

A GCC national was arrested less than 12 hours after killing a woman in a hit-and-run crash, according to Dubai Police.

In a statement, Dubai Police said that the driver initially attempted to take advantage of the fact that his vehicle’s plat number was not registered by surveillance cameras.

According to Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, the director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation of Dubai Police, said that the operations room first received a tip-off that a woman was severely injured on a street in the Jumeirah 2 area.

The woman – in her 50s – was rushed by paramedics to Rashid Hospital, where she died from injuries suffered in the incident.

A police team was quickly formed to investigate the crime scene and retrieved CCTV footage from a nearby apartment building. The footage showed that the woman was crossing the road at a speed bump, where the driver did not slow down.

“We were able to identify the suspect after further investigation and arrest him at his residence,” Al Jallaf said. “An onsite inspection of his vehicle revealed that the right side of the front car was seriously damaged and the bumper on the left side had fallen off.”

The car was confiscated and handed over to investigators.

Al Jallaf added that the case was particularly difficult to solve quickly as – apart from the damage to the vehicle – there was no evidence or eyewitnesses.

“All drivers must observe traffic rules and regulations, always be attentive on the road, and never escape the scene if involved in an accident,” he said.

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