A 20-year-old Qatari has denied causing death by reckless driving – telling a court he was travelling at “only” 140kph.
The presiding judge, Salah al-Sharif, reminded him that the maximum speed on the country’s roads was 120kph and that the accident took place in an 80kph zone.
Furthermore, should he be found guilty of the offence, he will have to pay blood money out of his own pocket because his car was not insured at the time. The driver also told the court his brakes had not been working.
A 35-year-old American died as a result of the accident on Salwa Road on December 29 last year. A 40-year-old American who was driving the car in which his friend lost his life, said he saw the Qatari through his rear view mirror approaching at speed and flashing his headlights.
At first, the American had no room to move over, but when he saw a gap open between two trucks he drove to the right – only for the Qatari to follow suit.
As a result, he allegedly shunted the American’s car causing it to hit one of the trucks and bounce into the other. The right door of the vehicle took the full impact, killing the 35-year-old passenger instantly. The driver also lost consciousness in the crash and had to be airlifted to hospital.
The court heard that the deceased worked as a technician and the two Americans were driving to the US military airbase.
The trial has now been adjourned until October 5 so that medical examiners can file a report on the extent of the physical injury suffered by the surviving American.
The tragic accident took place two months after the new traffic law came into force imposing heavy penalties for traffic violations.
Source: Gulf Times
Qatarsucks.com comments: If you live in Qatar then you know this could easily happen to you. How many times have you had a Qatari quickly come up behind you flashing his headlights on and off, on and off. These monsters drive at high speeds without any regard for human life. The reason... they usually are endangering people who they consider subhuman such as low paid Asians or other Arabs considered inferior. This time an American was killed heading to the base. How unlucky for this young Qatari! If it was a Pakistani you wouldn't even be hearing about it. Instead you get to hear about this young man's excuses. His excuse should be that he is Qatari and therefore driving around like a maniac is normal.
Update: Read the comments below for another story on another death caused by a reckless Qatari. He also has many excuses for driving like an idiot. I can't post a story every time a Qatari harms someone on the road, too common, so I've added it to the comments below.