Hit-and-run driver kills middle-aged woman in Onitsha

Posted by News Express | 12 August 2020 | 509 times

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•FRSC personnel evacuating the accident victim

 

By PAMELA EBOH, Awka

A hit-and-run driver at about 8am on Wednesday crushed a middle aged woman to death at Okpoko junction, Onitsha, Anambra State, as she was crossing the expressway

Information has it that the driver who was on top speed sped off immediately after hitting the woman dead on the spot.

Confirming the incident, the Sector Public Education Officer (SPEO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Pascal Anigbo, said the corpse of the woman was deposited at the hospital morgue where the body was rushed to.

He said, “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.

“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.

Meanwhile, ten persons were in another accident at about 8:20am along Ihiala-Onitsha expressway injured.

The accident involved a Toyota Hiace and an Actros Tanker.

Anigbo who confirmed the incident said that no death was recorded in the second crash.

He said the injured were rushed to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Ihiala, by FRSC rescue team from Ihiala Unit Command.

The SPEO added: “The Sector Commander, FRSC, Andrew Kumapayi strongly warns road users against crossing the expressways, but to always use pedestrian bridges to avoid being knocked over by vehicles plying the expressway.

“A maximum speed limit of 50km/hour is recommended for cars, within built-up areas. He sends his condolences to the family of the deceased and wishes the injured victims quick recovery.

“He also warns drivers against speeding. Drivers should always drive with common sense speed limits so that they can easily control their vehicles, in the event of any emergency.”


Source: News Express

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