Australian man found dead in North Kuta drain suspected of drunk driving: Police

Photo for illustration purpose only. Photo: Flickr
Photo for illustration purpose only. Photo: Flickr

A 27-year-old Australian man was found dead in a drain in North Kuta over the weekend along with his motorbike. Police say that the crash may have been caused by alcohol-impaired driving.

Police have identified the victim by his initials KTC, based on his driver’s license that was found in his wallet after his body was retrieved on Sunday. KTC was wearing a black t-shirt, dark blue shorts and black casual shoes when he was found.

Badung Police spokesman Ketut Sudana said that the man’s body was wedged under the bike, when a witness discovered him in a sewage drain on Bumbak Street in front of a villa early Sunday morning. His legs were crushed by the bike after closer inspection.

Ketut explained that officers who inspected the site noticed crash marks along the drain’s walls, as well as seven bottles of beer.

The police suspected that the driver was inebriated while driving the bike, while poor lighting around the location further impaired his control over the vehicle, leading to the deadly accident. 

“No witnesses actually saw the crash when it happened,” Ketut said.

KTC’s body was brought to Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar.

KTC was the second Australian citizen reported to have died in Bali in the past week. On July 20, an Australian man met his demise after plunging from the fourth floor of a hotel in Kuta.

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