A form three girl died in a tragic road accident caused by a form two student that was riding a motorbike. The boy was carrying two pillion passengers, the girl and one of his friends, in a funeral procession going to bury a rider that is said to have been murdered last week.
The boy and the other passenger are fighting for their lives in Embu Level Five Hospital. Witnesses said that the boy joined other mourners in the procession and asked his two other friends to accompany him. Little did they know what was waiting for them.
Confirming the case, the Embu-west Sub-county Deputy Police Commander, Samuel Gitau, said that the rider who was on high speed hit a slow bump that is near Embu College while heading to Embu town from Blue Valley Estate.
The Boda Boda riders chair in the Eastern region, Martin Muchira said that the rider took his brother's motorbike and joined the procession. He has since cautioned underage youth against riding motorbikes without proper certification and training.
The past one year saw an increase of about 5 percent in road accidents. Most of the accidents were attributed to careless driving and riding. The number of motorbike accidents too increased between January and March 2021.
The National Transport and Safety Authority of Kenya has issued stern warnings against those found violating traffic rules.
Photo: NTSA logo (Courtesy)
Underage youth involving themselves in the Boda Boda riding business should be cautioned by their parents and guardians. There should be incentives by the riders associations to stop untrained riders from riding the motorbikes.
Parents have a major role to play even as the children start their relatively long holiday at home.
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