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Updated (2): Woman dies as car crashes into Msida outlet

Wednesday, 18 January 2023, 08:04 Last update: about 2 years ago

A woman died early on Wednesday morning after she was hit by a car which crashed into a Msida outlet, the police said.

The accident took place at 1am in Testaferrata Street.

The victim is a 30-year-old woman from Turkey, who resided in Gzira. She was taken to hospital where she succumbed to the injuries sustained.

She has since been identified as a woman named Pelin Kaya.



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The driver of the car, a BMW, is in police custody. He is a 33-year-old man resident in Lija.

The man lost control of the car he was driving and crashed into the KFC establishment, which is situated next to a petrol station. The outlet and the petrol station were also damaged in the accident.

The police said that soon after the accident the driver of the car became aggressive towards people who were in the vicinity and tried to offer help, as well as with the police.

The man, the police said, threatened the officers and began to throw stones in their direction.

The officers ordered the man to remove the stones he was holding, an order which the man did not obey, the police said. A taser was used to control the man and he was later arrested.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment too, the police said.

Sources told this newsroom that after being taken to hospital he was found to have had a high level of cocaine in his system.

Magistrate Nadine Lia is leading an inquiry.

The Turkish woman is the second victim of a traffic accident this year. Last year, 26 people died in traffic accidents, one every two weeks.




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