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Victim’s relatives ask for BD100,000 payout

Bahrain News
Mon, 11 Apr 2016

Bahrain: Relatives of a Saudi cyclist killed in a road accident are demanding BD100,000 in compensation from the hit-and-run driver who mowed him down.

Abdulla Al Othiyan, aged 31, died when he was knocked off his bike by a 20-year-old Bahraini motorist on King Hamad Highway on January 1.

The driver initially fled the scene, but turned himself over to police two hours later and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, speeding and reckless driving.

He was convicted on all counts by the Lower Criminal Court, which jailed him for 12 months and fined him BD3,000 on January 13.

An appeal against the sentence was thrown out by the High Criminal Appeals Court in February and lawyer Bushra Mayoof, who is acting on behalf of Mr Al Othiyan’s family, said that she would now seek a BD100,000 compensation payout in the High Civil Court.

“His parents and especially his mother are in a terrible state following the death of their son,” Ms Mayoof told the GDN.

“Their son lost his life due to the reckless driving of the Bahraini motorist.

“They suffer psychologically from the incident and cannot still comprehend that their son was taken from them.”

Mr Al Othiyan had a four-year-old son and had started a new job just a week before he died, she added.

“Everything in his life was going great until the day of the accident,” said Ms Mayoof.

“His mother said he went to ride his bike to get some physical activity before she got a horrific call saying he was killed in an accident.”

If successful, the family intends to use the compensation to buy a building, which they plan to rent out to generate income to support Mr Al Othiyan’s son as he grows up.

“He was the only breadwinner of the family,” said
Ms Mayoof.

“The parents said they do not want any money for themselves, but will use the compensation money to buy a building, rent it and give the income to his son.

“His (Mr Al Othiyan’s) Bahraini wife also suffered a great deal of trauma and said she did not tell her child that his father was killed.

“She said the boy was too young to learn about his father’s death.”

The Bahraini driver who caused Mr Al Othiyan’s death also had his licence suspended for a year.