Speeding DPP vehicle kills two in Lira

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Speeding DPP vehicle kills two in Lira
The ill-fated motorcycle at the scene of the accident | Isaac Otwii

Police in Lira City are investigating a fatal accident in which a Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) vehicle in a convoy hit and killed two people on the Lira-Soroti Road.

The incident, which occurred around midday, involved a DPP vehicle that was travelling in a convoy and a motorcycle.

The deceased, identified as Ferdinand Otima, 26, and Raymond Ogwang, were riding a Bajaj motorcycle registration number UDG 443E when they were struck in front of Rima Primary School, about 4km from Lira City.

Witnesses reported that a Toyota Hilux registration number UG 123J was speeding towards Lira City when the driver lost control after hitting the motorcycle, subsequently knocking down a pedestrian and overturning.

"At around midday near Rima Primary School, the car was heading to Lira City at a high speed when it knocked two people riding on a motorcycle," said Bonny Okello, a boda boda rider who witnessed the crash.

"The driver lost control and knocked another pedestrian before the vehicle overturned."

North Kyoga Region Police spokesperson SP Patrick Jimmy Okema confirmed the incident. He noted that police detectives are working to determine the cause of the accident.

"Police, led by the OC traffic Lira City Central Police station, responded to the scene, picked up the victims, and rushed them to Lira Regional Referral Hospital where they were pronounced dead. It has been established that both victims were residents of Aliri Village, Akalo Sub-County in Kole District," SP Okema said.

The bodies of the deceased have been taken to Lira Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem examination.

The two survivors, Emmanuel Okullu, a pedestrian, and Betty Agola, a passenger in the vehicle, are currently receiving medical attention at a private facility along the same road.

Preliminary findings suggest that speeding by the driver, who has since been arrested to aid investigations, was the primary cause of the accident.

Both the vehicle and the motorcycle have been towed to Lira Central Police Station pending further inspection.

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident, urging all motorists to exercise caution on the roads to prevent such unfortunate incidents.

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