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Malaysian Cyclist Who Rode 3,200km In Solo Expedition To China Dies In Traffic Accident At Gombak

A motorcyclist was killed while two others were critically injured in an accident at KM445.8 of the North-South Expressway (PLUS) on Monday night.

In the 11.45pm accident, Malaysian cyclist Sheikh Kharleez Bamadhaj Jaffar, 26, died on the scene due to critical injuries at the head, upper body and legs. Kharleez had made news headlines when he embarked on a solo cycling expedition to China in 2014.

Gombak police chief Assistant Commissioner Ali Ahmad said Kharleez was riding a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle by himself and on his way from Sungai Buloh heading to Rawang.

“At the location of the accident, he lost control of his motorcycle and fell on the road before being hit by a Proton Saga, driven by two 26-year-old males.

“The driver, who was driving in the middle lane, could not evade the fallen motorcyclist, and he also lost control of the vehicle after he hit the victim, causing the car to crash towards a road divider before spinning into the third lane,” he said.

The impact from the crash resulted in heavy injuries towards the driver and passenger of the car.

“Investigations at the scene revealed the presence of brake marks along the middle lane, about 50 meters long. The motorcycle was slightly damaged on the left side, while the car suffered heavy damages at the front.

“The body was brought to the Forensic Unit of Sungai Buloh Hospital for post mortem, while the two injured car passengers were also brought to the same hospital for further treatment,” he said.

He requested any witness of the incident to come the Gombak Police Headquarters (IPD) to assist in investigations.

“We ask for the help of the public to relay any information relating to the accident since no CCTV recordings are available to be used in investigations.

“The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the 1987 Road Transport Act,” he said to Berita Harian.

The late Kharleez, who worked as a consultant, was an outdoor sports enthusiast. The Multimedia University (MMU) graduate often took part in cycling events and marathons, as well as mountain-hikings in the country and Indonesia.

Kharleez (wearing yellow, left) leading the convoy during his first leg of the Malaysia-China cycling trip back in 2014. Photo: KosmoKharleez (wearing yellow, left) leading the convoy during his first leg of the Malaysia-China cycling trip back in 2014. Photo: Kosmo

On top of that, he was also very passionate about contributing to the community through his sporting activities.

From 25 October until 31 December 2014, he cycled solo for 4,593 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur to Kunming, China to raise charity for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Malaysia (CLAPAM).

The arduous 67-day journey saw him passing through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, and he managed to raise more than RM20,000 for the association.

Kharleez holding the Jalur Gemilang in Kunming China, after the end of his 3,200km cycling adventure. Photo: UtusanKharleez holding the Jalur Gemilang in Kunming China, after the end of his 3,200km cycling adventure. Photo: Utusan

Kharleez wrote in great detail about his once-in-a-lifetime adventure in his blog, Kayuh Adventure.

Malaysian Digest would like to extend our condolences to Kharleez’s family, and hopes for the speedy recovery of the two car passngers.

-- mD