Tragic Accidents Claim Lives, Calls for Road Safety Measures

In Kaptarakwa area along the Subukia-Solai road in Nakuru, a tragic accident took place resulting in the death of a police officer and the serious injury of another. The incident occurred on Saturday, June 3, during the night when the two officers were traveling on a motorcycle. The rider also suffered severe injuries. The motorcycle, carrying the officers from Mwitethia Patrol Base, was heading towards Solai when the rider lost control, causing the vehicle to fall into a ditch and instantly killing one officer.

Authorities were present at the scene to secure the officers’ firearms, which were later handed over. The injured officer and rider were promptly rushed to the Subukia Sub County hospital for admission, while the deceased officer’s body was transferred to the Nyahururu County mortuary.

In a separate incident in Thika, a driver lost control of his car and collided with a tree along Flyover-Thika road on the same Saturday night. Sadly, the driver lost his life in the crash, while two passengers sustained serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

These accidents are part of an alarming increase in fatal incidents occurring over the weekend, according to the police. Meanwhile, the death toll from the Githunguri Kwa Michael accident that took place on Friday along the Kiambu-Ruiru road in Kiambu County has risen to eight. Two individuals who were receiving treatment in hospitals in Kiambu and Ruiru have sadly passed away, as reported by the police. Additionally, seven survivors are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in Kiambu and Githunguri.

In response to these tragedies, local residents are urging the government to put pressure on road contractors to complete the resurfacing of the Kiambu-Githunguri Road. They also emphasize the need for signage, speed bumps, and rumble strips on the ongoing construction site to enable motorists to control their speed effectively.

Regarding the Githunguri accident, it occurred around 7:30 pm on Friday when a matatu (public minibus) collided head-on with a private vehicle. The Deputy Sub-County Police Commander of Githunguri, George Koros, stated that the accident resulted from the loss of control by the driver of the private car. Four individuals died at the scene, while four others succumbed to their injuries while receiving medical treatment in Githunguri, Ruiru, and Kiambu Hospitals respectively. Currently, seven people are still receiving treatment in various hospitals within the county. The whereabouts of the driver of the private car remain unknown.

Local residents, led by Ngewa Member of County Assembly Charles Kangethe, have criticized the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) for failing to install speed bumps on the road, which they consider a notorious black spot. They are urging KeNHA to install road markings to provide clear directions for drivers using the road.


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