Two Die, 3 Injured in Acacia Accident

Photo/Courtesy of road crash scene

A speeding driver of a Mercedes Benz lost control and killed two street children in the wee hours of Friday morning. The incident happened at Acacia-Kayunga road junction in Kampala. Quoting witnesses, police said, the Benz was driven by Faziru Kimera a resident of Buwate, Kira Municipality, in Wakiso district.

ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, said the incident occurred at 1:26 am as a result of speeding by Kimera who hit a road barrier which was serving as a shelter for street children.

“The vehicle collided with the road barriers, striking three street children who had sought shelter there. The Mercedes-Benz then continued its trajectory and collided with a white Toyota Mark X, registration number UBF 788K, which was approaching from the Mulago side,” Owoyesigyire said.

Police took action by taking the victims to hospital but two of the three knocked street children were pronounced dead at Mulago hospital. The crash causer Kimera and the yet to be identified Mark X driver were also taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Police have also impounded the vehicles involved in the accident and they are currently being kept at Kira Road Police Station from where they will be inspected by the police’s Inspectorate of Vehicles.

Earlier information indicated that the two drivers were racing against each other before they caused the fatal road crash. However, Owoyesigyire said the vehicles were coming from the different directions.

“The Uganda Police Force is committed to conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding this accident. We urge all road users to exercise caution and adhere to speed limits and traffic regulations. Safety on our roads is of paramount importance, and we must all play our part in ensuring a secure environment for everyone,” ASP Owoyesigyire said.

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