The Star (Nairobi)

4 September 2014

Kenya: Speeding Matatu Leaves One Student Dead, Another in Critical Condition

A form two student at St Martha's Mwitoti Secondary School died yesterday after he was knocked down by a matatu on the Kakamega-Mumias road. The 16-year-old was heading to the school at Ekero, Mumias, when a Nissan matatu, which was overtaking a saloon car, knocked him down.

The same vehicle went on and hit another student, who was rushed to St Mary's hospital in critical condition. Principal Chrispinus Owino told the Star the boys were heading to school when they were hit by the matatu.

"It is so unfortunate that we have lost one of the students and we pray that the one in hospital will get well soon," Owino said. Witness James Ofula said the matatu dragged the boy for a distance after knocking him down.

He complained of numerous accidents at the scene and said the place needs prayers "because it seems there are demons around here which are sucking blood through accidents".

Mumias deputy OCPD Patrick Nyangaresi told the Star the driver of the matatu has been arrested. "He will be charged with speeding and contributing to loss of life," Nyangaresi said. He asked motorists to observe speed limits at designated areas and to be considerate of other road users.

In February this year, a women rights activist Elizabeth Efiketi succumbed while undergoing treatment at St Mary's hospital after she was involved in an accident at the same spot. Two other people died in that accident.

He said the area where the two students were knocked was becoming a black spot and asked the government to erect bumps at the scene to slow down over speeding vehicles and curb the number of accidents at that particular place.

Kakamega county secondary schools heads association chairman Godfrey Owuor who visited the victim in hospital asked motorists to be considerate of other road users.

"It is surprising of the number of students who are losing lives through road carnage. Last week a student from Itete secondary school in Matungu died after he was knocked by another matatu along Busia-Mumias road in Matungu. We want to caution matatu operators to be careful of school children on the roads" said Owuor.

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