An elderly man was on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 knocked down and subsequently killed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's convoy, the Executive Mansion, has confirmed.
The confirmation by the president's office comes amid reports that a motorcyclist was knocked down and killed by the President's Convoy on Wednesday in the Paynesville area. Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmick Z. Piah told an Executive Mansion press briefing Thursday, July 5, 2012 that the victim [Joseph Gaye] later died at the JFK Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia.
Mr. Piah, who dismissed reports that the victim was a motorcyclist, said the tragic incident occurred while the President's convoy was returning from Whein Town, Paynesville, outside Monrovia Wednesday afternoon.
"The police pilot van assigned with the presidential convoy encountered the late Joseph Gaye, who jumped in the right-away from the right side of the vehicle and was knocked down from the side of the vehicle. He was subsequently rushed to the JFK Hospital where he died later." He emphasized.
According to Mr. Piah, authorities at the Executive Mansion have been engaged with the family on this "rather unfortunate and regrettable incident which painfully led to the death of a Liberian citizen." He added that a successful meeting has been held with the family of the victim in a bid to arrange his burial.
"We further like to caution the citizenry to stay completely off the right-away when the presidential convoy moves as it could lead to injury or even death as in this instance," the presidential spokesman amongst other things warned.