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Hit and run police driver arrested for killing pedestrian

Sunday September 22 2019

Lamu County.

An Administration Police vehicle. A pedestrian died after being hit by a police vehicle near Subira Guest House in Hindi town in Lamu West on September 22, 2019. PHOTO | KALUME KAZUNGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

KALUME KAZUNGU
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A pedestrian has died after being hit by a police vehicle registration number GKB43S near Subira Guest House in Hindi town in Lamu West on Sunday.

Mwangi wa Dorcas, 38, who is also a boda boda rider, succumbed to head and chest injuries he sustained after he was hit by the speeding Administration Police vehicle attached to the Mokowe Police Station before the driver fled.

Mr Mwangi died as he received treatment at the King Fahad County Hospital. The residents and boda boda operators accused Constable Reuben Rono of reckless driving.

DEMAND ACTION

“How can a police officer hit a civilian and flee? We expected the driver to stop and even assist in rushing the victim to hospital. That would have saved the life of our colleague but he sped off, leaving the victim lying on the road. We need action taken against the officer,” said Mr John Mbugua, a boda boda operator at Hindi.

Haki Africa Coordinator, Lamu Branch, Issack Yunus, told Nation that he will ensure justice is done.

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“This is double tragedy to the family of (Mr) Mwangi who lost his wife in a road accident about a year ago. We will ensure action is taken against the driver,” said Mr Yunus.

Lamu County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi confirmed saying Mr Rono had been arrested.

DRUNK

Mr Kioi that it was a normal accident and called on residents to stop spreading malicious rumours.

“Some people are saying the driver was drunk. Others say he was new on the road. The driver is an experienced old man.

We treat it as an accident involving our police vehicle. The only mistake our driver did is to hit the pedestrian and speed off.

We’ve already arrested him and he’s going to be arraigned on Monday to be charged with murder and careless driving,” said Mr Kioi.

He warned drivers to be careful on the Lamu-Garsen road which is currently under construction.

“We want this incident involving one of our own to serve as an example to others. We don’t encourage drivers to hit pedestrians and run away just like that. I appeal to drivers to be careful while on the road to avoid causing more accidents and loss of lives,” he said.