… as 10 narrowly escape death in another crash
Raymond Ozoji. Awka
A hit-and-run vehicle yesterday crushed a woman to death in Onitsha while she was crossing the Onitsha-Enugu highway at Okpoko junction.
Eye witness account of the tragedy had it that the vehicle was on a high speed when it hit the woman and sped off leaving her carcass by the road side.
The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra state, CC. Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi, who was apparently saddened by the incident, attributed the cause to the flagrant disregard for footbridges.
Kumapayi therefore appealed to pedestrians to always use the pedestrian bridges to forestall such fatal occurrences while urging motorists to consider other road users and drive defensively while reducing their speed on the roads.
The sector commander’s opinion on the crashes were contained in the First Information Report released to Journalists yesterday in Awka by the Sector Public Education Officer RC Paschal Anigbo.
The report reads: “A hit-and-run driver whose identity was not captured, knocked down a female adult who was crossing the expressway at Okpoko Junction Onitsha, today Wednesday 12 August, 2020.
“According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred around 8am. They said the vehicle was on top speed and fled after knocking the woman down.
“The victim was rushed in a tricycle to Toronto Hospital Onitsha by her parents, before the arrival of the FRSC rescue team from Upper Iweka Unit Command.
“On arriving the hospital, the team gathered that doctors had confirmed her dead. The corpse was deposited at the morgue, in the same hospital.
“Another report reaching us from Ihiala, states that a serious Road Traffic Crash involving a Toyota Hiace with enlistment number CAL15XJ and an Actros Tanker with registration number FGG176YU occurred near KM Filling Station, along Ihiala-Onitsha expressway.
“Time of crash was 8.20am. A total of Fifteen people (6 male adults and 9 female adults) were involved. Ten(10) victims (4 males and 6 females) sustained varying degrees of injuries. No death recorded.
“The injured victims were rushed to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Ihiala, by FRSC rescue team from Ihiala Unit Command. Obstructions have been cleared and normal traffic flow ensured.”