x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Family mourns student killed in car crash

Grieving brother warns young drivers to consider risks after the victim tried to overtake a slow-moving bus in Al Ain.

AL AIN // A student has died from injuries suffered in a road accident as he drove home from college. Hasan al Jabry had left the UAE University campus in Al Ain on Monday after reading the afternoon prayer, Dhur, with his friends, police said. The accident happened when the 21-year-old Emirati tried to overtake a slow-moving bus.

Al Jabry, the youngest of four brothers, was in his third year studying business administration. He hoped to become a businessman, in his father's footsteps. His brother, Saeed, said: "I would like to advise teenagers before sitting behind the wheel to think of the possible consequences and dangers in driving, and how it may have an impact on their family." Tarek Fayed, the acting manager for leadership and student organisations at the university, said al Jabry was an active member of its social programmes and was a crew leader on the UAE University's rover scouts council.

"There are no words to describe the emotion I felt when I heard of Hasan's death," he said. "I spoke to him only two hours before the accident to confirm his participation in an activity we planned for later this week. Our conversation, as usual, reflected his motivation, optimism and politeness. "He did not wish to be the leader, although he deserved the title because of his continuous active role in the council."

A university spokesman said al Jabry was an "efficient leader, active, co-operative, cheerful, humble and courteous". @Email:asafdar@thenational.ae