THREE people died in Dar es Salaam in separate road accidents on Friday, including a man who suddenly fell ill behind the steering wheel along Mandela and Uhuru roads traffic lights at Buguruni Chama in Ilala District.
The deceased, identified as Abubakar Ahmad aged between 65 and 70, a resident of Magomeni Mapipa, was rushed to Amana Hospital, where he died while he was being attended to.
Ilala Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ms Marietha Minangi said the deceased was driving a lorry with registration number T 344 AWT owned by Aloco Company and he was transporting construction equipment from Mbezi to Kigamboni.
She said the turn boy, Joseph Matiku (25) reported the incident and said that the driver leant on the steering wheel and started snoring at the traffic lights and was rushed to the hospital for treatment where he passed away.
The body of the deceased was preserved at the hospital for further investigation. In a separate incident, an unidentified pedestrian was knocked dead by an unknown car at Morogoro Road, Kibamba Kwa Mangi area in Kinondoni District.
Kinondoni RPC, Mr Camilius Wambura said that the deceased wore blue jeans and a yellow T-shirt and was estimated to be in between the age of 25 and 30. "The body is being preserved at Tumbi Hospital and investigations are going on.
The police are looking for the driver and the vehicle," he said.
A passenger on a motorcycle died on the spot after an unknown driver of a daladala with registration number T 878 AVW crashed into a motorcycle and fled at Nyerere Road, Airport Terminal area in Ilala District.
RPC Minagi said that the vehicle came in from Banana to Tazara, the driver swerved from right to the left side of the road and knocked a vehicle with registration number T 714 BFJ hitting Ngara Nshakupewa (47), a constructor who resides at Kipunguni.
She said: "The very same daladala crashed into another vehicle number T 777 ABF which was parked at the side of the road.
She said the daladala then hit a motorcycle causing the death of the passenger who has been identified as Mwajuma Hamis, estimated to be between the age of 50 and 55, a resident of Majohe Kwa Diwani area.
The body of the deceased was preserved at Amana Hospital and investigations are going on. She said police are searching for the daladala driver.
The motorcycle rider has been identified as Khamis Hassan (36), a resident of Majohe Kwa Diwani who was injured and was treated at Amana Hospital before he was discharged.