Speeding car kills five pupils, injures two in Kisumu

Two others sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital.

Wednesday March 16 2016

By MOSES ODHIAMBO
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Five pupils died Tuesday evening in an accident at Awasi junction along the Kisumu-Nairobi highway after they were hit by a speeding car while they were crossing the road.

The car was heading towards Kericho at the time of the accident.

The children, pupils of AIC ECD Centre in Awasi, were on their way from school.

Two others sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu Town.

Ms Valerie Ogweno, a Kenya Red Cross paramedic, told the Nation that one of the two children sustained serious injuries on the head.

“The other injured survivor is still stable and is under observation. They all looked stable at the time we responded to the accident,” Ms Ogweno said.

MOTHER WITNESSED ACCIDENT

Ms Ann Auma, mother of six-year-old Faith Aluoch, who was among the five children who died in the accident, said they were on the opposite side of the road waiting for the road to clear.

She said she only remembers seeing a cloud of dust that followed a loud bang on the opposite side of the road.

“We normally help them cross the road. We were waiting for the highway to clear.

“A car which was being driven so fast passed us and before we knew it, it swerved across the road towards the children,” Ms Auma told Nation at the Kisumu referral hospital.

“It was so shocking that as we rushed to the scene, the first person I spotted was Faith lying there and calling out my name. Unfortunately, she died before we could do anything,” she said.

“I hope the condition of Mary Marren, my other daughter, will improve,” Ms Auma said.

Nyando Police Boss Elias Gitonga said the driver of the car was arrested after the accident and would help with further investigations into the accident.

“He is in custody. We will look into ways through which such incidences at the junction can be avoided,” Mr Gitonga said.

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