Singaporean Woman Dies in Go-Karting Accident in Batam, Indonesia


A 33-year-old Singaporean woman, Arini Mohamed Adinan, tragically passed away in a go-karting accident on the Indonesian island of Batam on Wednesday (Feb 21).

Arini was a former student at Jin Tai Primary School and Tanglin Secondary School. The incident occurred at the Golden City Go-Kart in Bengkong around 3.30pm local time.

According to Senior Superintendent Zahwani Pandra Arsyad of the Riau Islands regional police, the victim was on a holiday in Batam with friends and had recently celebrated her birthday.

A witness reported that Ms. Arini was driving a go-kart with the number 14 when she suddenly crashed into a tyre barrier at high speed. It was mentioned that the victim’s helmet had been thrown off during the crash, and her long hair got entangled in one of the vehicle’s rear tyres, leading to her death.

“There were no problems during the deceased’s first round of go-karting. However, go-kart number 14 suddenly crashed into the tyre barrier at high speed. The tyres were not the issue,” he said according to Berita Mediacorp.

Despite being taken to a nearby clinic, she was pronounced dead, and her body was transferred to Budi Kemuliaan Hospital.

The Barelang Resort Police are currently conducting an investigation, and legal action may be taken if negligence by the operator is found. It was also noted by Mr. Zahwani that all operators of tourist attractions should prioritize the safety and well-being of visitors and ensure standard operating procedures are in place.

The management of Golden City Go-Kart assisted in repatriating Ms. Arini’s remains on Thursday morning.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has been providing consular assistance and support to her family during this difficult time, according to reports. Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of the victim during this tragic event.

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