“Saudi drifting” teen killed after crashing into truck
Nicely-edited “Saudi drifting” videos always make it appear like nobody gets hurt as so-called skilled drivers do their thing in public streets. But things do go wrong on a regular basis. An 18-year driver in Saudi Arabia was killed recently when he rammed his Hyundai Elantra into a heavy-duty truck while doing illegal stunts in traffic.
The incident, which happened in the outskirts of Riyadh, was caught on video by one of the onlookers. From the clip you can see the Saudi teen sway his car sideways at very high speed. The car loses control and jumps onto the opposite lane with oncoming traffic, and bangs into the truck. Police say the teenager was killed instantly by the strong impact, while the truck driver escaped from any injury.
Better known locally as “hajwalah” or “tafheet”, where the car is intentionally spun several times at speed of 180 kph or more, this form of reckless stunt-driving is strongly condemned in the Kingdom with strict sentences for drivers involved in fatal accidents. In June this year, a Saudi youth was sentenced to death by beheading for killing two people while spinning his car near Riyadh. But it continues to be a popular sport among bored young adults in the country.