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In Sierra Leone, Reckless Driving Kills Girl, 11 and injures 3
By Aruna Turay
Sep 14, 2010, 17:12

Police of the Lumley Police Division have impounded a private vehicle with an unofficial registration number ENO 3V for hitting four people along the Main Motor Road in Lumley among them an eleven year old girl who died on the spot while the three others sustained injuries of varied proportions.

The incident which took place on Thursday, 9th 2010 has been described by eye witnesses as due to over speeding and recklessness of the driver, identified as Mohamed Mattia is in police custody, while the dead and injured were conveyed to the Connaught Hospital. Another version of the cause of the accident as proffered by eyewitnesses suggests that the driver was talking on a mobile phone while he drove in a very high speed. Eyewitnesses account that the deceased girl was on her way to fetch water when she was hit by the vehicle and died instantly, while the injured were bystanders.

Police say the vehicle is unlicensed and has no valid insurance cover, but that they been able to identify the owner of the vehicle as Ms. Adija Mattia of 52 Freetown Road, Lumley.

The Local Unit Commander of the Lumley Police Division, Chief Superintendent Alhaji Gibril Kabba-Kamara used this opportunity to caution drivers using unregistered and unlicensed vehicles to desist from plying the roads saying it is criminal and offenders when caught would be prosecuted. He said his Division has already designed strategies against such traffic altercations. He noted that certain people are in the habit of driving vehicles that do not meet then traffic regulations of this country especially on holidays, and warned that his officers are now very much vigilant over such infractions.

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