Speeding Mercedes hits
3 at Hotel Indonesia traffic
circle, killing 1

(Kompas/Sabrina Asril)
(Kompas/Sabrina Asril)

Three buskers who were enjoying their pre-dawn meals were hit by a speeding Mercedes car in the small hours of Monday morning. The car, with number plate B 1201 BAD, was driven by 31-year-old Darsan Sutrisna in the vicinity of the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta.

One of the buskers died at the scene, leaving the other two injured.

The fatality, identified as Hariyanto Syari, 33, is a resident of Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. He allegedly sustained internal bleeding and wounds to his head. The other victims, Andri, 20, a resident of Blora traditional market, also in Central Jakarta, suffered a cut to his right leg, while Jamaludin suffered bruises to his chest, left hand and left leg.

All victims were taken to Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital.

An official with the Jakarta Traffic Police Adj. Sr. Comr. Sudarmanto said that the car driver, Darsan, was being held in police custody for further questioning.

Darsan told police that he lost control of his car before hitting the buskers.

"He did not admit that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We are still investigating the cause of the accident," Sudarmanto said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Sudarmanto added that Darsan was taken to the National Narcotics Agency lab to undergo a urine test.

Eyewitnesses said that a car traveling at high speed from the south of the circle and heading north hit three people on a sidewalk there at 3 a.m. on Monday morning.

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