Car kills pupils as they walk to school

Monday January 9 2012

By NATION REPORTER

Two pupils were killed on Monday by a motorist at Kahawa, Nairobi, on the Northern bypass as they were going to school.

Ongamo Sinaida and Stanley Mwangi were in Standard One and Standard Three, respectively at Kahawa Primary School.

Another Standard Three pupil, Selina Saore, escaped death narrowly during the 6.50 am accident after the saloon car ran over them.

She was rushed to Ruiru District Hospital but was later transferred to Kiambu District Hospital where she is admitted in critical condition.

An eye witness, James Wahoro, said the driver lost control before his car veered off the road and hit the three who were on the roadside.

โ€œThe children were yet to cross the road before the vehicle ran over them,โ€ he said.

Following the accident, parents and residents of the area barricaded the road at Kahawa satellite town.

Several vehicles were stoned during the three-hour paralysis after the demonstrators vented their anger on innocent motorists.

Police who arrived at the scene had to fire in the air and lobe tear gas canisters to disperse the demonstrators.

Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu who was among the people who arrived at the scene said he would rally the government to erect bumps at the area.

Kasarani police boss Mwenda Muthamia confirmed the death of the two and called on the area residents to be careful when approaching the section.