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Driver who killed schoolboy in accident acquitted by court

03 July 2015, 15:28 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A car driver who had been accused of causing death of a seven-year-old boy in a road accident has been cleared by a Nanyuki court.

The accident which occurred on May 10, 2011 at around 3.30pm along Timau-Nanyuki road involved a Toyota salon car which knocked down Patrick Mutwiri killing him on the spot.

Police officers from Timau police station arrived at the scene and arrested Charles Iranji Mwangi who was the driver of vehicle and towed the vehicle to the station where further investigation was conducted.

Later, the accused was arraigned in court to face trial for causing death through careless driving.

According to the prosecution, the vehicle swayed from the road and hit the boy who was on the sidewalk.

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An eyewitness, Stephen Kimathi had narrated the incident to the court, noting that the vehicle was speeding.

However, in his defense the accused denied driving on high speed and explained that the boy was hit while crossing the road at close range.

The evidence of the accused was corroborated by the sketch map and blood stains which were in the middle of the road, court observed.

Senior Resident Magistrate, Evanson Bett faulted the prosecution for not proving its case beyond reasonable doubt hence acquitting the driver.

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