Hus­band-to-be killed in car crash

Cyprus Today - - NEWS -

A HUS­BAND-to-be was killed just weeks be­fore his planned wed­ding when his car smashed headon into a lorry.

Sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Çağar Min­taş, 32, was on the wrong side of the road between Er­can air­port and İskele when he col­lided with the HGV be­ing driven by Dzhe­lal Mehmet, 54, po­lice said.

Both ve­hi­cles left the road due to the im­pact, between Ser­darlı and Yeniceköy at 3.30pm on Mon­day, and skid­ded some 200 me­tres through a field be­fore com­ing to a halt.

Mr Min­taş was pro­nounced dead at the scene and was laid to rest at Le­fkoşa ceme­tery on Wed­nes­day.

Else­where on the roads, three crewmem­bers of an am­bu­lance and the driver of another ve­hi­cle were in­jured in a col­li­sion on the road between Le­fkoşa and Güze­lyurt at around 5am on Sun­day.

The crash was said to have oc­curred when Omar El­shar­gawy tried to over­take the Güze­lyurt Health Cen­tre am­bu­lance, but pulled in without re­al­is­ing the emer­gency ve­hi­cle was still along­side him, send­ing them both into the crash bar­ri­ers.

Mr El­shar­gawy was taken to Cen­giz Topel Hospi­tal while am­bu­lance driver Mah­mut Hamdi, along with nurses Cen­giz Elyeli and Ayfer İnik Taşçı, were treated at Le­fkoşa State Hospi­tal. None was re­ported to have been se­ri­ously hurt.

The TRNC Mid­wives’ and Nurses’ Union is­sued a state­ment fol­low­ing the crash say­ing: “We faced what we feared most, which was to see some­one we know well or a fam­ily mem­ber in a bad way dur­ing our emer­gency shift . . . We are happy, how­ever, that no-one lost their life.”

Mean­while, an out-of-con­trol car ca­reered into a petrol sta­tion and crashed into an empty pump be­fore com­ing to a halt in front of its min­i­mar­ket.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter a driver, who was not named by po­lice, lost con­trol of the car near Le­fkosa’s Girne Gate junction at 10.30am on Mon­day. The driver and a pas­sen­ger were treated in Le­fkoşa State Hospi­tal but later dis­charged.

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