Australian arrested after her car allegedly hit and killed a motorbike rider on Bali’s infamous ‘Skull Track’

File photo of an accident that took place at the Denpasar-Gilimanuk Bypass on July 2019. Photo: Info Tabanan / Facebook
File photo of an accident that took place at the Denpasar-Gilimanuk Bypass on July 2019. Photo: Info Tabanan / Facebook

Police in Bali’s Jembrana regency yesterday arrested an Australian woman, identified as Susan Leslie O’Brien, for hitting a motorcycle with a car she was allegedly driving without a license and killing the rider. 

As reported by local media outlets, the accident took place on Wednesday afternoon on the Denpasar-Gilimanuk Bypass. A 19-year-old motorcycle rider from Banyuwangi, East Java, identified as Rizqi Akbar Putra, died at the scene from his injuries, according to the police. 

The chief of the Jembrana Traffic Police, Yoga Widyatmoko, said O’Brien had been attempting to overtake a truck when her car collided with Rizqi’s motorcycle, according to a report from Tribun-Bali. 

“The driver of the APV wasn’t being careful enough when she was trying to overtake the truck, which resulted in this accident,” Yoga was quoted as saying in reference to O’Brien. 

In addition, Yoga told Detik that while O’Brien wasn’t speeding during the accident, she was not carrying any driving license with her when it occurred. 

The police officially declared her a suspect for vehicular manslaughter yesterday. Under Indonesia’s 2009 Traffic Law, O’Brien faces a maximum of six years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of IDR 12 million (USD 842). 

Bali’s Gilimanuk-Denpasar Bypass is so infamous for the numerous deadly accidents that have taken place there, which has led locals to refer to is as Jalur Tengkorak, or the “Skull Track.” Earlier this month, two young girls are orphaned after a tragic accident took the lives of their parents, who died after they were run over by a truck. 


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