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04 December 2023

Filipina killed while attempting to cross Sheikh Zayed Road on foot

By Bindu Suresh Rai

A woman from the Philippines was tragically killed Sunday morning after being a hit by a car while attempting to cross Sheikh Zayed Road on foot.

The incident occurred at 7am near the Jebel Ali freezone northbound, according to Dubai Police.

The driver of the car that was involved in the mishap has also sustained injuries and has been shifted to Rashid Hospital.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7 a spokesperson from Dubai Police said: “We can confirm that a woman was killed this morning while attempting to cross the highway around 7am.

“The Philippines national was hit by a Honda Accord, which was being driven by a female from the Gulf.”

He continued: “The pedestrian had reached the fast lane of the highway when the car made impact; the driver lost control of the car and crashed into the central barrier, sustaining some injuries in the process.”

The pedestrian died on impact.

While the majority of Sheikh Zayed Road has a central fencing to avoid pedestrians from running across the highway, the stretch from Jebel Ali only has a small metal barrier.

The spokesperson reiterated the dangers of attempting to cross such high speed roads on foot saying: “Any sort of foot traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road is strictly prohibited; in fact, roads above speeds of 80kmph should not be attempted on foot.”

When quizzed whether such incidents brought to light the need of increasing pedestrian overhead bridges across Sheikh Zayed Road, the spokesperson declined to comment, saying the matter is one that falls under the Roads and Transport Authority jurisdiction.