Earlier on Wednesday (27th October), a Toyota Hilux driver was reported to have passed out while driving, before crashing into several other vehicles. The vehicle skidded on the right side of the road and hit a shop lot in Taman Jenaris, Kajang.
In the viral footage posted by Twitter user @hafizxromli, a GrabFood delivery rider was spotted (among a few other passersby) coming to the driver’s rescue. At the time of writing, the post has gained over 8.1k retweets online.
Rider2 grab/foodpanda memang selalu berjasa lah bile ada kemalangan mcm ni. In my case pon sama jugak, rider grab yang berbakti halang org mabuk yg langgar kereta saya daripada lari. Thanks rider2 grab and food panda sume. The real heroes😎👍💪
— Zayn🐝 (@irshad_khabir) October 27, 2021
At the beginning of the 1-minute and 20-second long clip, the rider was spotted knocking on the passenger side window in an effort to wake the truck driver up. The moment the Toyota Hilux skidded and crashed into the shophouse, the GrabFood rider was also one of the first people to come down to the scene to check on the victim’s condition.
The rider’s noble effort has received praise from netizens who were greatly impressed with his courageous and calm demeanour while facing the difficult situation at the time. One commentator, @Shamin_Shaimah remarked, “Riders are something else. They deliver our order, and [at the same time] they are ready to save the day.”
The overwhelming amount of positive feedback left by Twitterverse members also prompted Grab Malaysia to issue a response on the matter. The admin left a reply that reads, “I could not agree more but do you have the details of the rider’s bike so that we can locate and reward him or her for the brave attitude on helping others? 💚”
I could not agree more but do you have the details of the rider's bike so that we can locate and reward him or her for the brave attitude on helping others? 💚
— Grab Malaysia (@GrabMY) October 28, 2021
According to a report by The Star, the Hilux driver had fainted due to starvation. “At around 6pm, the 39-year-old driver was seen driving against the flow of traffic before crashing into a car,” Kajang district police chief ACP Mohd Zaid Hassan revealed in his statement. “He then lost control of his vehicle following the collision and crashed into the stalls there.”
The police official added by saying, “Investigations showed that the driver had fainted while driving due to not eating and when he regained consciousness, he panicked, causing the crash.” A separate report from local tabloid Utusan Malaysia revealed that the driver tested negative for drugs.
The case is currently being investigated under Rule 10 of the Malaysian Road Traffic Rules 1959 (Rule 10 LN 166/59).