Australian woman arrested in Bali after fatal car crash

A Sydney woman has reportedly been detained in Bali accused of killing a teenage scooter rider.

Susan O’Brien, 49, is alleged to have struck the 19-year-old Indonesian as she attempted to overtake a truck on Depasar-Gilimanuk Road in Jembrana at about 12.40pm on Wednesday, local media reports.

The victim, Rizqi Akbur Putra, was taken to hospital however died from his injuries, Head of Jembrana Traffic Police, Mr Widyarmoko Yoga told

Contrary to earlier reports, 9 News confirmed Ms O’Brien does have both an Indonesian and Australian driving licence. She was reportedly driving a Suzuki van at the time of the crash.

Susan O'Brien has been detained in Bali over the fatal crash. Source: Facebook/ Susan O'Brien

Urine tests revealed Ms O’Brien was not under the influence of alcohol or narcotics at the time of the crash, Mr Widyarmoko Yoga said.

Ms O’Brien remains in custody but is yet to have been charged as police investigations continue into whether Ms O’Brien was driving recklessly.

The Australian woman described the crash to News Corp from an open waiting room where she is detained.

“As he came closer I flashed my lights at him like crazy and sounded the horn. He veered away from me and I was trying to get back behind the truck.”

She said the victim lost balance and she ran over him.

Susan O'Brien was driving on the Gilimanuk-Denpasar Road when the crash happened. Source: Google Maps
Ms O'Brien is involved rescuing dogs in Bali. Source: Susan O'Brien/Facebook

According to the Herald Sun, Ms O’Brien was living in Bali and had planned to move permanently next year.

She had been teaching English to Balinese children and planned on building a new education centre in Jembrana.

She is also involved in rescuing dogs on the holiday island.

Ms O’Brien faces a maximum of six years in prison if found guilty of negligent driving causing death.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed to Yahoo News Australia they are providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained following a traffic accident in Bali.

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