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Jakarta Post

Ahmad Dhani'€™s son in pile-up, killing six

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 9, 2013   /  08:54 am
Ahmad Dhani'€™s son in pile-up, killing six

JP/Ricky Yudhistira

Thirteen-year-old Ahmad Abdul Qodir Jaelani, the son of Ahmad Dhani, the bassist of the now dissolved rock band The Lucky Laki, was involved in a deadly pile-up on Jagorawi toll road south of Jakarta early on Sunday that claimed six lives.

Based on witness accounts, the police said the Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Dul, as the boy is more commonly known, was travelling at a high speed from Bogor, West Java, and heading to Jakarta, when at Kilometer 8 the car hit the road separator and slammed into oncoming traffic.

The sedan hit a Daihatsu Gran Max minivan, which then hit a Toyota Avanza minivan.

Six out of 11 people onboard the Gran Max minivan reportedly died at the scene, while seven others, including those on board the Avanza, were injured.

Dul was reportedly heading back to Jakarta after taking his female friend home to Bogor, along with his friend Noval Samudra, 14.

The youngest son of musician and producer Ahmad Dhani and his divorced wife Maia Estianti is being treated at Pondok Indah Hospital in South Jakarta. As of Sunday evening, Dul had undergone two operations to his shoulder, which was injured by shattered glass, and had fractured ribs.

According to Dhani'€™s mother, Joyce, and his brother, Jerry, who both talked to reporters in the hospital, Dul and Noval had suffered serious injuries and remained unconscious.

'€œDul'€™s right leg is also broken. The fractured ribs have caused infections in his stomach,'€ Jerry said, adding that Noval was also undergoing surgery.

Jerry said Dul was never allowed to drive and that the car was Dhani'€™s. Dul and Noval were expected to attend singer Judika'€™s wedding on Saturday night, but they were missing until the family found out about the incident on Sunday afternoon.

The police were still investigating the cause of the incident and were yet to name a suspect in the crash, according to Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto.

'€œThe driver can be charged for underage driving and reckless driving, which took lives of others. By law this is punishable with six years'€™ imprisonment,'€ he said.

Indonesian Police Watch chairman Neta S. Pane said that considering his juvenile status, Dul could only be charged with half the maximum jail term, as regulated in Article 26 of the Criminal Code.

He added Dul might face an increased jail term if the police charged him with underage driving and driving without a license.

Neta said Dhani, with whom Dul lived with his two brothers, must also be brought to justice for allowing his 13-year-old son behind the wheel of the vehicle.

Article 57 of the Criminal Code says anyone who intentionally provides an opportunity or facilitates a crime faces the same sentence as charged to the perpetrator.

'€œThe police can immediately take him [Dhani] into custody, considering he faces a jail term of over five years,'€ he added.

The legal age to obtain a driving license is 17-years-old. But according to the city police, traffic accidents involving children under 16-years-old increased 160 percent last year to 104 cases, compared to 40 cases in 2011.


Deadly joyrides

March 10, 2012: Olivia Dewi, 17, is driving a Nissan Juke at high speed when it swerves off the road into a billboard pole in front of Wisma Nugra Santana on Jl. Sudirman. The vehicle bursts into flames, killing Olivia, who had only been granted her driver'€™s license in January 2012.

Jan. 30, 2012: A 14-year-old boy sneaks out of his home in Makassar, South Sulawesi, and takes a relative'€™s car that his parents planned to buy. He drives out of the housing complex by himself to buy some food and injures at least 11 people in the process.

Aug. 13, 2011: Two teenage girls are killed in a car accident after participating in a pre-dawn convoy. Sixteen-year-olds Nur Aisah and Astrid die instantly after the car they are using hits a tree on Jl. Raya Warung Buncit. The police say the car was driven in excess of 100 kilometers per hour.

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