The Jakarta Police, through the force’s Instagram account @tmcpoldametro, announced on Tuesday that they had found a Blue Bird taxi driver dead on the driver’s seat on Jl. Antasari Raya in Kemang, South Jakarta.
In a statement accompanying the post, the Jakarta Police identified the driver as 49-year-old Agung Hanggono, who is thought to have died at around 9 a.m.
A witness, Public Facility Maintenance Agency (PPSU) worker Purwanto, told the police that he had been working near the scene when he saw Agung’s taxi suddenly stop and move backward. Purwanto and local residents reportedly pushed the vehicle onto the sidewalk to prevent congestion in the area.
“Agung was reportedly carrying a foreigner on the back seat when the incident happened. The passenger reportedly exited the car and left after realising that the driver was unconscious,” said the statement.
This recent incident adds to a string of similar cases of people dying while driving in Jakarta.
Also on Tuesday, a similar incident occurred in West Jakarta, where a Gading Taksi driver identified as Tamrin, 55, was found dead behind the wheel after driving on the Sedyatmo toll road.
Then, on April 27, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Police in Cengkareng, Banten, found a dead man identified as Amar behind the wheel of a car with the engine running parked at Terminal 1C. He apparently died from gas poisoning.
Another man, identified as Suyono, was found dead in the driver’s seat of a car on the Tanjung Barat overpass in South Jakarta on April 24. He is believed to have died of exhaustion while driving.
Source: Jakarta Post
Photo courtesy of TMC Polda Metro Jaya