A reckless driver reportedly driving against traffic has k!lled a family of five and their house help in Owerri, Imo State.
The incident occurred at Umudibia community, maternity junction, close to the Federal Polytechnic Nekede in Owerri on Sunday, August 5, 2023.
The family head identified as Arthur, alias Agwu Oti Aka, was a disabled Para-Badminton Silver Medalist. He was scheduled to represent Nigeria in a Disabled Badminton competition in the United States on August 14, 2023.
Arthur was riding a motorcycle with some of his children, while another two motorcycles carried his wife, house help, and other children when the accident occurred.
While Arthur, his wife and their 14-month-old child d!ed on the spot, his house help and two sons passed away later in an Owerri hospital.
A neighbour of the deceased family, Prince Mekoyor, who confirmed the tragic incident on Wednesday, August 9, revealed that the reckless driver believed to be intoxicated, swerved off his lane and struck the family.
“Arthur as I fondly called the deceased was living in the same house with me at Weathral till this last Sunday when he perished with his family. He has only one hand and was about to represent the country on Disabled Badminton competition in the USA on the 14th August 2023. He runs a restaurant at Polynek school junction,” he explained.
According to Mekoyor, the driver was not the owner of the RX 3:30 Lexus SUV but had borrowed the vehicle to withdraw money for a drink purchase at Holy Family junction Poly Nekede.
He recounted that the driver sped off to an ATM at the Master’s Energy fuel station on Aba Road in Owerri. On his return, the driver lost control of the vehicle’s steering at Maternity Junction Polynek and collided head-on with Arthur’s family.
“He was on top speed on his way back and he lost control of the steering at Maternity junction, Umuokoto on Polynek-Ihiagwa road. He ended up knocking down a man and the entire family of Arthur face to face. Arthur and his family were on their way home at 11:05pm whereas the suspect was heading back to the joint…”
See reactions below;
finegirl.joy: Leaving your house and returning home safely is such an underrated blessing.. may their soul rip 💔.
adesujii: Gosh life can be so unfair sometimes, a disabled man who still finds ways to make himself happy. Striving in that country and one reckless werey dicided to cut it short. It’s well.
meleevee_event: To everyone reading this ,May God protect us and our family in Jesus name . May we never be at the wrong place at the wrong time and keep tragedy far away from us and may we never be victims of people’s mistake amen 🙏.
kennydiddy: 11pm and moving with your whole family on okada.. Una dey take unnecessary risks sha.
yorikans: Kai!! I just pity the driver that village people used to eliminate this family.. I pray we never fall victim either as the driver or as the deceased.. Hold your Chi tight, times are evil.
matthewmensah: Reading blogs these days can seriously ruin your mood.. a whole family 😢💔💔. And for what ?🤬 …. May that beautiful family rest in peace , this is too sad 💔.
loveliness_______: Man don’t have complete hands and you had to just take his life and that of his family…. Nigeria is such a death trap full of careless people.
___life_of_sophia: Untimely death is not our potion amen 🙏.