Woman bus driver held after mowing down cop

JOHOR BARU - A woman bus driver who rammed into a traffic policeman who was on duty at the Causeway on Thursday night was nabbed as she tried to flee from the scene.

The incident occurred on the bus lane 200m from the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine checkpoint at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar.

Corporal Ismayuddin Ramli (above), 50, who had been with the force for nearly 30 years, was standing on the road divider when the Singapore-registered chartered bus, driven by the woman from Taman Pulai Perdana, Johor Baru, rammed into him, killing him on the spot.

The 49-year-old driver had allegedly lost control of the bus which collided with a car before mowing down Ismayuddin.

Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff, who visited Ismayuddin's family at Felda Taib Andak here, said the driver fled the scene without stopping the bus but policemen caught her later.

She is being investigated for causing death through reckless or dangerous driving which could see her jailed and fined upon conviction.

"This is the life of a policeman. He was performing his duty when the bus rammed into him," a visibly shaken Mokhtar said.

Ismayuddin of Kampung New Zealand, Pahang, was laid to rest after Friday prayers at the Muslim burial ground of Felda Taib Andak.

He leaves behind wife Norsiah Mohd Amin, 47, and five children.

Ismayuddin's widow was seen being comforted by her brother, Masod Mohd Amin, 57.

Masod said Ismayuddin, who had a cheerful disposition, was exceptionally quiet in the last few days. "My son got married last Saturday and all our relatives came to celebrate the occasion. It was such a happy event, and now this had to happen."

Ismayuddin's daughter, Norfarhana, 24, a sales executive, said her father slept most of the day before leaving for work on Thursday.

"It is hard for the family to accept his death because it was so sudden," Norfarhana said. Ismayuddin was formerly attached to the Kluang traffic police before he was transferred to the Johor Baru south traffic police station in 2008.

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