By Henshaw NYONG, Uyo.
Tragedy struck, Friday, 25th July, 2014, about 11:30am, opposite AKBC Transmission Station, Calabar Itu Highway, Uyo, when an empty Mack Truck with Lagos
State registration number, XX-434-JJJ, knocked down a woman believing to be in her forties.
Speaking with this reporter, an eyewitness, Mr. Ubong (other names withheld) said, the ‘hit and run’ driver was being pursued by
another driver of Volvo Wagon with Akwa Ibom registration number, TTU-138-XA, for
allegedly bashing the Volvo sorely, around Itam junction.
It was gathered that the Truck driver, who was running on a high speed, upon reaching the Ntak Inyang Transmission
Station of AKBC, tried to hit the Volvo the second time, but failed and in the process, jumped over the gutter and hit a woman
who sales gala, La Casera and other light refreshment, opposite the AKBC.
A source, who witnessed the accident when it happened, stated that the mother of one
gave up the ghost immediately.
When this reporter arrived the scene about 5 minutes later, he discovered that as soon as the poor woman was confirmed dead on the spot, the area turned into a mess with many sympathisers, passers-by as well as her customers, seek retribution for the ugly incident.
A respondent said irate youths had stormed the scene of the accident and almost lynch
the truck driver but a police van took him away.
“Oh my God, this lady’s death is very shocking, I just can’t believe this is happening,” one of the sympathizers said amid tears.
When the reporter put a phone call across to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Etim Dickson, he said, “Information
available to me by the Itam Police Command is not a case of ‘hit and run’ but, that of a fatal motor accident”.
The PPRO also noted that investigation into the matter had commenced since the two drivers were arrested.
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