Gigiri police officer dies in dawn Uhuru Highway accident

He sustained serious head injuries leading to his death.

In Summary
  • Shadrack Otieno Genga was heading to Mlolongo from the City Centre direction when the sel-involved accident happened.

A police officer attached to the Gigiri police station has lost his life in a Saturday morning accident along the Uhuru Highway.

Shadrack Otieno Genga was heading to Mlolongo from the City Centre direction when the self-involved accident happened.

 "On reaching the location of the accident, he lost control, veered off the road into a roundabout and the vehicle overturned," a police report filed at the Industrial area police station stated.

As a result, the officer was thrown out of the vehicle and landed on the tarmac road where he sustained serious head injuries that resulted in his death.

The scene was visited by police officers who moved his body to Chiromo Mortuary awaiting a postmortem examination.

The National Transport and Safety Authority data indicates that about 1,214 lives were lost in road accidents in the last three months.

NTSA Deputy Director, Safety, Audit and Inspection Eng Christine Ogut said data was a worrisome trend, with fatalities increasing by five per cent compared to the same period last year.

Ogut said statistics were conducted between January and April and show that pedestrians account for the largest number of fatalities, followed by motorbikes, passengers, and drivers.

In 2023, close to 3,609 people lost their lives in road accidents while in 2022 at least 4,690 people died on Kenyan roads.

She made the remarks during a comprehensive operation aimed at raising awareness about road safety, particularly on the Kaplong-Bomet-Mulot-Narok roads on April 10. 

The director said following the increase in road accidents, the authority has launched operations countrywide by increasing safety measures to tackle the road menace.

“The NTSA has intensified efforts to engage with drivers and matatu Saccos, summoning them for sensitisation sessions on road safety protocols,” Ogut said.

The official said the inspections and sensitisation efforts are aimed at educating drivers and road users on the importance of responsible road usage.

“We have identified the lack of speed limiters in vehicles, particularly public service vehicles, as a significant contributing factor to accidents. Also, speed is the leading cause of accidents on our roads which accounts for 70 per cent of the accidents,” she said.

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