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Hit and run driver kills Australian tourists in Uganda

05 November 2014, 15:55 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police in Uganda are hunting for a hit and run driver who Tuesday evening knocked to death two Australians who were on a motorcycle.

The Australian couple died along Mubende road, over 100 kms south west of Kampala.

Police have identified the Australians as Griffioen Dean, 33, and Griffioen Tanya Natasha, 34.

According to documents found on Dean, he is a Civil Engineer in Australia's Queensland and also a member of the motorcycling body Motorcycling Queensland, MQ.

Area traffic police chief, Alex Muramuzi said the accident took place at a place called Namagogo a few kilometers from Mubende town.

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He said, ''They died in an accident. They were travelling on a motorcycle from Kasese to Kampala.''

Kasese is about 400 kms from Kampala, and is a tourist attraction where tourists track mountain gorillas.

An eyewitness, 40-year-old Hassan Mbazzi said, ''A Toyota Prado vehicle registration number UAV 624T was over speeding when it hit the couple's motorcycle from behind. They were riding on their side when the vehicle hit them.''

He said the deceased were riding a BMW motorcycle with number plate reading  CUNJl, noting that the occupants of the vehicle fled after causing the accident leaving the motorcycle smashed.

Police has also established that the two have traveled through several African countries riding their motorcycle, and the rider had an international driving license.

Preliminary police report indicates that the accident was due to reckless driving of the vehicle.

The bodies of the deceased have been taken to Mubende hospital.

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