Boda boda rider killed, two passengers injured in Garissa’s Major black spot

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By NepJournal June 21, 2017 06:27

By Yussuf Korrow:

A boda boda rider was killed and his two passengers injured in an accident involving two motorcycles in Garissa town on Tuesday evening.

The rider died at the scene of accident along the Garissa-Wajir Highway road near Garissa Livestock market junction.

According to eyewitnesses, the two motor over speeding motorcycles collided head on in the 3pm incident.

“The rider who died was my colleague, he had taken his brother’s motorbike two weeks ago just to help his family and his ailing brother before he was involved in the accident today” said Mr. Lutukai, a boda boda operator In Garissa.

He added that “It is unfortunate that the life of a young man had been cut shot in a road accident and again in this same killer junction.”

The Garissa livestock market junction is regarded as one of the major black spots in the the town and has claimed the lives of many including pedestrians, riders and commuters.

In one of the recent incidents, a village and school was plunged into mourning after a secondary school pupil died on the spot, and three others seriously injured after he was hit by a speedy lorry along the Highway near the junction.

The 17 years old boy was a form three student at the Young Muslim Secondary and was accompanied by three of his colleagues and classmates in a taxi when a speedy truck hit the vehicle they were driving killing him instantly living the rest injured .

“We have lost many innocent people as a result of accidents along this mysterious Highway and the junction, the government should do something to address the road carnage in the area,” said Mohamed Mohamud who is a resident living along the Highway.

Police blamed recklessness for most of the accidents including the latest one.

“An eyewitness told us that the operator was allegedly overtaking carelessly along the busy highway. We have however launched investigations into the accident,” said a police officer who is handling the case.

“We have constantly been talking to boda boda riders to observe traffic rules but in vain. We will carry out a major crackdown on errant boda boda operators to rid the area accidents,” he added.

The accidents led to a wide scale public outcry with residents appealing to local leaders to take urgent measures to curb the loss of lives in the area.

Mr. Moge Noor Digale who is a former motorcycle rider and now a voluntary advocate of the Junction blamed the numerous accidents on careless driving and lack of speed pumps in the area.

He said some riders overtake without making sure that the road in front was clear.

He said the police traffic department should undertake a major crackdown on drivers flouting traffic rules and should intensify operations to rid the area of accidents that had claimed innocent lives for years.

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