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One-way driver crushes pregnant woman to death, injures two

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) disclosed that a driver apprehended for driving in a direction prohibited by Law (One-way) killed a tricyle operator, pregnant woman and injured two School Children around Okota axis of the State.

According to a statement by the LASTMA Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Adebayo Taofiq, “Traffic Officer Hassan Kehinde of Zone 27, Okota who led the LASTMA patrol team disclosed that a driver of a blue TOYOTA Sienna bus (AKD 944 HN) was apprehended for driving against traffic (One-way) around Ago Palace Way, Lagos.”

He disclosed further that a Police man attached with the patrol team volunteered to escort the apprehended vehicle to LASTMA office for proper booking.

“On their way, and in an attempt by the driver to escape, he diverted into Bayo Oyewale Street by Ago round-about and rammed into a fully loaded tricycle.

“While the tricycle operator died instantly, the pregnant woman later died at the Hospital while the two injured School Children were currently, under the Intensive Care Unit” receiving medical attention,” the statement revealed.

The escort Policeman in the contravened vehicle equally sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the fatal auto crash.

LASTMA Kehinde confirmed that the incident sparked off protest as irate mob descended on the escort Police Officer, but timely intervention of a team of Police men from Ago/ Okota/Ilasa Police Stations saved the Policeman from being lynched.

The agency also alleged that the LASTMA yard was invaded and valuable items vandalised including vehicles within the premises.

“It is noteworthy to mention that in an attempt to escape, the driver of the Sienna car lost control as a result of reckless driving which eventually resulted into the fatal accident.

“The management of the Agency commiserates with the families of the deceased ,and assures that thorough investigation will be carried out to determine the immediate and remote cause of the accident, and that justice will be served appropriately,” the agency narrated.

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