Sunday, 28 July 2013

Speeding police car hit dead a woman and child in Nairobi

Updated Sunday, July 28th 2013 at 11:40 GMT +3
By Cyrus Ombati
NAIROBI, KENYA: A speeding car belonging to police’s Presidential Escort Unit hit and killed a mother and her child in an accident along the Northern By-Pass, Nairobi.
The vehicle was headed for Ruiru direction on Saturday when it knocked down the middle aged woman and her son near Githurai area.
Witnesses and police said the land rover was moving at high speed when the accident happened and that the vehicle was badly damaged. The driver and his three passengers also sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.
The death of the two brought to six, the number of people who were killed at the weekend in separate accidents in Nairobi alone. Police said several others were injured in the accidents.
Most of the deaths were caused by speeding cars that hit pedestrians. The first incident was reported along Kenyatta Avenue near All Saints Cathedral another one on Kiambu Road and a third one along Mombasa Road near Belevue area.
Nairobi Area deputy head of traffic Leonard Katana said a cyclist was also killed after a driver of a lorry lost its control and hit him along Nanyuki Road in Industrial Area.
“Most of the accidents we had involved speeding cars and pedestrians. We always urge drivers to be cautious,” said Katana.
The deaths brought to almost 20, the number of people killed in accidents in Nairobi in three days. This follows the one that involved a bus and other vehicles in Githurai 45 area where 11 people were killed and more than a dozen were injured on Thursday.
The driver of the bus has since denied charges of causing deaths and remanded as police investigate the incident. Police usually blame speeding as the main cause of accidents in the city.

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