Residents block highway after car knocks down girl
16 January 2014, 16:30
Eldoret - Traffic was paralyzed along the Nakuru - Eldoret highway after a schoolgirl was hit at Burnt Forest on Wednesday, forcing local residents to block the road thus leaving hundreds of road users stranded for over six hours.
The rowdy residents lit up tires on the accident scene demanding to see the girl and urgent installation of bumps on the highway which they claimed has endangered the safety of the pupils at schools around Arnesen.
Drama ensued when an eyewitness claimed to have seen the female driver try to overtake a lorry but hit the class four pupil before stopping the vehicle, where she took the girl and sped off with her.
“She (the driver) came out of the car almost immediately, put the girl into the car then drove fast to avoid a crowd that was building up,” said Njoroge Ninja, a tout working in Burnt Forest.
Speaking on the scene, Kondoo Police Station Corporal, John Nanduya told the residents to clear the road, saying that blockage could not save the life of the child but that it amounted to an offence punishable by law.
“This highway connects Kenya to Uganda. Blocking it is a serious offence under law. Residents should wait for the girl who we are informed is alright in Ainabkoi Dispensary,” He urged.
However, the crowd declined to clear off the road saying that they had to see the girl.
“We won’t pave way until we see the girl. She is our child and we have no idea where she has been taken. We sit women in labor for a whole night; we will stay here until we see her and China Wu-Yi installs bumps along the highway,” a woman who requested not to be named said.
A boda boda operator told the press that he and others had gone after the car which he claimed was being driven at a dangerous speed to Ainabkoi Dispensary, 15 kilometers away from Burnt Forest.
“I went with two teachers and fellow boda boda operators in pursuit of the car after realizing the driver had not taken the girl to Burnt Forest hospital. We thought she was running away with her, but later found the girl at Ainabkoi Dispensary,” said Daniel Mwangi.
Road construction company, China Wu Yi, had to install temporary bumps to meet the demands of the angry crowd which readily fulfilled the promise of unblocking the road.
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