Emirati driver, 13, dies after Ras Al Khaimah road crash

The teenager died more than a week after the crash, which also claimed the life of a 12-year-old passenger

Two Emirati boys, a driver and a passenger, died as a result of a road accident in Ras AlKhaimah on Thursday, October 29. Courtesy: Ras Al Khaimah Police
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A 13-year-old unlicensed driver left fighting for his life after a road accident in Ras Al Khaimah has died.

The Emirati teenager crashed an SUV while travelling down an unlit road in Al Ghail at about 8.30pm on Thursday, October 29.

The force of the crash caused the vehicle to flip on to its side.

One passenger, 12, died instantly while another, aged 11, escaped with only minor injuries.

The young driver received treatment at an intensive care in hospital but died in the early hours of Saturday, nine days after the crash.

Brig Mohammad Al Humaidi, director general of central operations at Ras Al Khaimah Police, urged parents to monitor their children and not let them drive until they are adults and have obtained a driving licence.

“Driving a vehicle without obtaining a licence is an explicit violation of traffic rules and regulations and exposes the violators to legal accountability,” he said in the wake of the crash.

The legal driving age in the UAE is 18.