Veteran marathon runner Evelyn Ang, 44, has been left fighting for her life after being hit by a car early Sunday morning during the Klang City International Marathon 2017. Two other runners suffered injuries, though none are in as critical a state as Ang.
A long-time ultra-marathon runner, Ang was a pacer for the race, helping set the time frame for other runners. She has suffered a fractured skull, and bleeding to the brain.
Police report that the two other runners, Amiruddin Hamid, 37, and Ahmad Hadafi Jus, 42, suffered light injuries to their heads and ankles, and were given outpatient treatment from Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital.
Ang has since been transferred to Sungai Buloh Hospital, where she will be undergoing surgeries in an attempt to stop the bleeding in her brain.
The incident occurred at the 14km point in the race at approximately 4:30am.
An official statement on the event’s Facebook page, indicated that police believed the suspect to be drunk. However, after urine and breathalyzer tests were administered, he was found not to be under the influence of any substances. Blood tests were also taken, although results from those are still pending.
Police are classifying the incident as reckless driving, and believe that the 30-year-old driver lost focus.
All of us are hoping that Evelyn Ang makes a full recovery. Incredibly tragic news, and a reminder for all of us to stay safe on the road.