Police car rams into a crowd killing bystanders
Police vehicle kills pedestrians
Reports by the Daily Nation indicated that several people were injured when the Land Rover lost control and hit traders at Itumbe market in Kisii County.
The police vehicle is said to have been in pursuit of a matatu before the accident which killed one person on the spot while the second person died in hospital.
According to eyewitnesses immediately after the accident, locals engaged the police in running battles as the officers fought to take the body of the deceased away.
Angry residents condemned the police saying it was unfortunate that the people who are given the mandate to control traffic and calling for order on the roads were the ones engaging in reckless driving.
Statistics from Kenya’s roads and transport authority(NTSA) show that a total of 184 people died in road accidents in the month of January.
Compared to the same month last year, the number is slightly lower; 212 people perished in road accidents in January 2018.
In this year’s statistics, a majority of the road accident fatalities are pedestrians at 72. They are followed by boda-boda operators at 44 deaths in the month of January alone.
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