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Bali's Plague of Child Drivers: Two More Lives Lost

(2/8/2014) Another under aged driver on Bali's roads has ended with the predictable result of two dead and five injured.

The latest tragic installment of the continuing saga of "Children Behind the Wheel" took place on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 when a Honda New CRV driven by a 15-year-old schoolgirl collided with three motorcycles and a public transport van on Jalan Raya Lulkluk in Mengwi at 6:30 a.m. The accident left two motorcyclists dead and four people with severe injuries, including a one-year old infant.

Police say that 15-year-old junior high school girls, identified only by the initials of RNW, was traveling southbound through Mengwi on her way to her school at Jalan Tegal Jaya in Dalung, North Kuta. According to police, her 35-year-old personal driver was sitting next to the schoolgirl who reportedly demanded she be allowed to drive.

Traveling at a high rate of speed, RNW attempted to pass two motorcyclists. Eyewitnesses say the car began to swerve uncontrollably before it struck a total of three motorcycles and the front of an oncoming public transport van. Such was the force of the impact the car driven by the girl, the the front section of her car so badly damaged that it was no longer possible to drive. 

Dead were the drivers of two of the motorcycles, Wayan Evan Saputra (22) of Mengwi and Manap (46) resident in Denpasar but from Lumajang, East Java. Injured were Manap's wife Nur Lila (40); her 14-month-old child Nasilatul Mofiroh; I Putu Yoga Muliartatha (18) from Mengwi who was driving a third motorcycle; Ni Made Merta (14) the sister of Yoga and his passenger; and I Wayan Firga (46) the driver of the public transport van.

The under aged driver RNW was questioned by police while still wearing her junior high school uniform. The girl's parents, I Made Puja Astawa and Ni Nyoman Darmini, accompanied their daughter during police questioning.

The child's Father told reporters from NusaBali, "This is a a tragedy."

The legal age to become a licensed driver in Indonesia is 17-years.

Preliminary reports from the police suggest the 15-year-old-girl could be charged with crimes punishable by up to 6 years in prison.

(Image Credit: DenPost)

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