TAMPIN: The driver of a lawnmower tractor, which is believed to have caused the death of a Form 2 student when it malfunctioned at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Gemas here, was released on police bail today.
Tampin district police chief Superintendent Hamazah Abd Razak said preliminary investigation on the 26-year-old man found no element of crime in the tragedy which took the life of Nur Afini Roslan, and injured two other students.
However, he said further investigation will be pursued under Section 304 of the Penal Code for unintentional murder.
Hamazah said the police will work with relevant agencies, including the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Forensic Department, to determine the cause of the accident.
"The investigation is pursuing a variety of angles, including determining how the blades from the lawnmower had broken.
"In addition, we are also probing how the blades could hit the victims who were located quite far away from the machine," he said when contacted today.
In the 10.30am incident yesterday, Nur Afini and her two schoolmates – Abdullah Hazlan, 14, and Mohd Farhan Reza Badrol Hesam, 13 – were involved in parade training in conjunction with the school’s Sports Day, which was supposed to take place today.
The lawn mower, which was in operation, was being pulled by a tractor when its blades broke and were flung into the air at high speed, striking Nur Afini, splitting her head in two.
She died on the spot, while Abdullah suffered injuries on his right ear and Mohd Farhan Reza was injured on his head.
It is learnt that the school is closed today, and that its Sports Day has been cancelled.