Hit-and-run mo­torist kills cy­clist at Man­deregi vil­lage

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

A commercial mo­tor­cy­cle rider was on Sun­day night killed by a hit-an­drun driver at Man­deregi vil­lage, near Abaji town, along the Abu­jaLokoja high­way.

A wit­ness said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 9:48 pm when the cy­clist, who was com­ing from Abaji town on his way to Bukpe vil­lage, cleared for an un­marked truck com­ing on top speed from Gwag­wal­ada axis but which over­took an­other ve­hi­cle dan­ger­ously and then knocked him down.

He said the truck driver speed off af­ter knock­ing the cy­clist, who fell down hit­ting his head on a con­crete wa­ter drainage, adding that it was some res­i­dents of the vil­lage, who rushed to the scene that con­veyed the cy­clist to the St. Peter Hospi­tal in Abaji.

“The Okada man hit his head on the cul­vert as the truck knocked him down. Doc­tors later con­firmed him dead at the hospi­tal at Abaji,” he said.

Our re­porter gath­ered that the dead cy­clist, who hails from Bukpe vil­lage, in Kwali Area Coun­cil was on his way home to Bukpe, af­ter clos­ing for the day’s busi­ness in Abaji town.

When con­tacted, how­ever, Abaji unit com­man­der of the Federal Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC), Moses Audu, said he was not aware of the in­ci­dent, as it was not re­ported to the com­mand.

When City News vis­ited St. Peters Hospi­tal yes­ter­day morn­ing, it was learnt from a nurse that the cy­clist was brought to the hospi­tal and later con­firmed dead, say­ing his re­mains was handed over to rel­a­tives for burial.

In an­other in­ci­dent, two per­sons were se­ri­ously in­jured an ac­ci­dent which oc­curred on Satur­day evening at Kwali, along the Abu­jaLokoja high­way.

Yan­goji unit com­man­der of the FRSC, Aus­tine Chuk­wudi Okeke, who con­firmed the ac­ci­dent yes­ter­day, said it hap­pened around 4:34 pm and in­volved a Toy­ota Si­enna car and a Golf car.

He at­trib­uted the ac­ci­dent to over-speed­ing and loss of con­trol, say­ing the two in­jured pas­sen­gers were taken to Kwali Gen­eral Hospi­tal for at­ten­tion.

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