A Saudi man in his thirties, identified by the name Mutannish in reports, has been sentenced to death for causing two onlookers to die during a driving demonstration of Hagwalah – one of the wild displays of drifting we're used to seeing from that part of the world. During the show, two were killed when a person in the audience was hit and fell onto another. The driver then sped off, failing to provide any assistance. His sentence was likely influenced by the fact that he went into hiding and that he was wanted for the same crime, the death of an onlooker, at previous event.

The specific charge wasn't disclosed, but a report says the Kingdom treats such incidents as criminally negligent homicide. In the U.S., depending on the state, a driver in the same situation could be charged with anything from vehicular manslaughter to first-degree vehicular homicide, the primary charge aggravated by fleeing the scene. As one might expect, our sentencing doesn't come anywhere close to the death penalty, though: a maximum of thirty years in prison for vehicular homicide is the penalty in Minnesota but only in cases of DUI, whereas in Alabama the same charge only merits a maximum of five years in prison. In Florida, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene is a first-degree felony with a maximum 30-year prison term, before the additional charges and the previous offense are factored in.

The sentence will be carried out by sword, but the Gazette didn't indicate when the defendant will receive it. Nor did it give any indication as to whether the verdict can be appealed, as in the case of another Saudi man first sentenced to death for a similar crime. The other man's death sentence was 'reduced' to 3,000 lashes, 20 years in prison and a lifetime driving ban.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      No need for beheading just put him in the back of a Saudi drift car. Those things roll all the time and the belt-less dipsh*ts inside get tossed out to their deaths. Good times.
      Wally Geez
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess dan.walkerdan didn't read the article, but still happily commented on it. Read it again dan - Saudi Arabia is BEHEADING the guy - I think this qualifies as capitol punishment? I can't stand liberals like you that are so worried about the "rights" of criminals that you think nothing of the victims. Savage nation you say? Damn right: there are so many savages running loose in the USA that we need a much speedier and efficient way to exterminate the vermin. Spending $50,000 a year of taxpayer money to house these animals and allow them to continue to live after committing heinous crimes makes my blood boil.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If we had this punishment in America, taxpayers would be rich
      David S Lombana
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I think beheading is a bit redundant here, I think 3,000 lashes could be enough to kill someone and he gets to suffer while he's at it. Lets not forget this hit an run assclown has done it before. Well served.
      • 3 Years Ago
      3,000 lashes and 20 years in a hot, filthy Saudi prison cell sounds pretty bad too... that's quite a deterrent. And yet they still do this BS on public roads. If you haven't seen any clips of "Hagwalah", take a moment to check it out. I think you'll agree, it's the most reckless thing you've ever seen on the street. At least the moronic bikers who weave into the oncoming lane at 150mph+ and pop wheelies on the freeway aren't carrying over 2 tons of mass.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been to Saudi Arabia. Crime is nearly non existent. It's a good thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Saudi Arabia itself is a criminal enterprise.
      Randy Ferrell
      • 2 Years Ago
      We need this for the serial killers and mass murders on the rise in this country!
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's already been be-headed...the video is out there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with Darrell. But on another note, think of the quote an eye for an eye. He killed on purpose and had no remore for killing. We should have this in the States. Prisons would be emptier and we would save a heck of alot of money. People would think twice.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the heck were these people in the sidelines anyway? Oh this 4000 pound car it wont do anything when its spinning around. I've seen videos of this crap the people are like attacking the driver seeing how close they are. why!?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saudi laws should be implemented here in USA to let these ******* know that crime isnt gonna be tolerate along w/ drunken driving and all that hooaaaaa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally, IF an individual has the IGNORANCE of "doing his own thing" @ the expense of a human's life - and runs-away to escape justice..........AND repeats the same crime - with no remorse..... DEATH COME QUICKLY! OR painfully like 3000 lashes. OR let him die - just like the three people he killed. THATS JUSTICE. Notice - I never called him "man" because - he's NOT a man...he never "maned-up" and turned himself in. Like the coward he is - he ran.
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