1 die, 40 escape in Malindi after an accident
06 December 2012, 16:43
A 16 years old boy died on the spot on Wednesday evening while 40 passengers escaped death narrowly when the bus they were traveling in hit a bicycle rider at Kijiwetanga area along Malindi - Mombasa road.
Malindi traffic boss Benard Ibaya Nchebere confirmed the incident saying that passengers aboard the Tahmeed bus escaped unhurt during the accident which claimed life of Karisa Katana.
"The driver also managed to run away and disappeared after he found that he had killed someone because locals had gathered to lynch him," explained Nchebere.
Traffic police who had gone to collect the body of the deceased were repulsed by residents who were baying for the blood of the driver who had already run for his safety.
Irate youths set fire on the bus which was empty since passengers had alighted after the incident as police tried to plead with them to be allowed to collect the body of the deceased.
It took about three hours for the police to collect the body after heated confrontation with angry residents who had gathered at the scene.
The traffic boss who was at the scene of incident was forced to get reinforcement of more police who arrived in full anti-riot gear to disperse the angry crowd after which the body of the deceased was collected and taken to Malindi district hospital mortuary.
"The angry youths tried to set the bus on fire but since there was no petrol the bus could not catch fire. They then started throwing stones thus damaging the bus," he said.
Nchebere said they are waiting for one of the bus managers who stays in Mombasa to arrive so that he can produce the driver for legal procedures to take place.
He said they are inspecting the vehicle as part of their investigations and establish the real cause of the accident that claimed life of the innocent cyclist.
He also called on youths in the area to avoid confronting police in areas of their duties and leave alone law to take its course.
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