She has been placed in detention pending the completion of the investigation.
Initial probe into the fatal traffic accident that happened outside a school in Dubai’s Jebel Ali showed that the motorist admitted fault in accidentally running over a 4-year-old girl and her mother, according to Dubai Traffic Prosecution.
Salah Bou Farroucha Al Felasi, head of Dubai Traffic Prosecution, said that the female driver admitted during investigation to having committed a mistake by unintentionally pressing the accelerator pedal instead of the brakes. She has been placed in detention pending the completion of the investigation.
The accident led to the death of the 4-year-old girl and injury of her mother, of Indian nationality, outside the school. The mishap happened when the driver was reversing and allegedly ran over the child and her mother who were in the school parking lot.
“We are yet to receive the relevant surveillance footage that can be helpful in the probe. We already have the technical reports. We will listen to all witnesses to determine how the accident took place.”
The chief prosecutor pointed out that the driver will stand trial at the Dubai Traffic Court.
Even though no official charges will be laid against her until the end of the investigation, she could be accused of causing the wrongful death of a person, injuring another, driving inattentively and causing property damage.
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…