- The two girls who were to sit for the national examinations died on the spot.
- The motorcycle operator passed on while undergoing treatment at Naivasha Subcounty Hospital.
Three cousins including two KCSE exam candidates have died following a road accident involving their motorcycle and a police lorry along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
The Friday accident in Karai, Naivasha occurred after the motorcycle that the three were riding on hit an oncoming lorry.
The two girls who were to sit for the national examinations died on the spot while the motorcycle operator passed on while undergoing treatment at Naivasha Subcounty Hospital.
Emotions ran high at the Naivasha mortuary as relatives and friends tried to come to terms with the loss.
Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said the three were heading towards Nairobi from Naivasha.
He said the motorcycle operator was overtaking a matatu but ended up hitting the side of an oncoming lorry, losing control and crashing by the roadside.
“The operator was carrying two girls and in the process the two died on the spot while the man died while undergoing treatment,” he said.
The OCPD decried the rising cases of motorcycle accidents in the town noting that there is need to engage the operators afresh on traffic rules.
A relative only identified as Dan said the three cousins from Karati village were on their way to Kinungi to pick another relative who had closed school.
He said they still did not have clear information over what happened, adding that the two girls were supposed to sit for the national exams starting Monday.
“This is one of the greatest misfortunes for us losing three members of the same family in one day. The next stage is now burial preparations,” he said.
In the last couple of months, fatal cases involving motorcycle operators have been on the rise along the highway. Police have been blaming speeding and careless overtaking for the accidents.
Last week, a motorcycle operator died on the spot after he was hit and killed by a speeding matatu near Panda farm along the highway.
A witness Dan Mwaura blamed the driver of the matatu for the accident which left two passengers with minor injuries.
He said the driver was overtaking a trailer when he rammed into the oncoming operator before running over the body.
“The matatu driver overtook ignoring the oncoming motorcycle in the end causing the accident,” he said.