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Father, daughter perish in motorbike accident

14 April 2014, 13:50 Oduor Omondi

Migori - A 27-year-old man and his one-year-old baby died while the mother escaped with serious injuries after a vehicle knocked them down as they rode on a motorbike at Awasi in Kisumu County over the weekend.

Nyando OCPD, Elias Gitonga said the father and the child died instantly while the mother was rushed to Ahero sub-county hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Gitonga said the three, who were on their way from a local dispensary, were on a motorbike when a speeding station wagon vehicle travelling to Kericho from Ahero knocked them from behind.

He said the careless driver has since been arrested and will be arraigned on Monday at the Nyando law courts to answer to charges of reckless driving and causing death.

The bodies of the deceased were taken to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary in Kisumu.

Meanwhile, two people died in a road accident on Saturday when their vehicle lost control and plugged into River Tende along Kendu Bay-Homa Bay Road.

Confirming the incident, County police commander Gabriel Musau said the accident occurred at 2.00 am when the driver of a Toyota Platz Saloon registration KBT 948K veered off the road and plunged into the river.

Musau said the two male occupants could not be immediately identified as they did not have any identification documents.

He added that police officers managed to retrieve the vehicle from the river and towed it to Kendu Bay police station.

Police have already commenced investigations and are planning to take the fingerprints of the deceased persons to national registration bureau for identification.

The officer disclosed that preliminary investigations revealed that the driver might have been speeding or was not conversant with the road but hastened to add that the results will be confirmed after inspection of the vehicle has been done.

He decried that 80 percent of road accidents are caused by human error and appealed to motorists to adhere to traffic regulations.

The two bodies were taken to Homa Bay district hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem and identification.

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