Lira City clerk found dead behind the wheel of crash car

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Lira City clerk found dead behind the wheel of crash car
The vehicle in which Lira town clerk was travelling | Courtesy

LIRA CITY | Police in the North Kyoga Region have launched inquiries into a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of Lira City clerk.

Theophilus Tibihika was killed in the wee hours of Monday in Barajet area, along the Lira–Apac Road.

The deceased was on Monday morning found trapped in the wreckage of a double cabin pickup Hilux registration number UAM450V, in which he was driving.

It is suspected that Tibihika, at around 2am on Monday, lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and overturned several times.

Tibihika was at the time of the accident driving alone in the car, according to the North Kyoga Region Police spokesperson, SP Patrick Jimmy Okema.

“The deceased seemingly lost control while driving himself and overturned several times. Our traffic department led by the Regional Traffic Officer for North Kyoga, Mathias Okwir, and District Traffic Officer for Kole District responded to the scene,” says Okema in a statement released on Monday morning.

Okema said crime scene officers documented the accident scene, and the body of the deceased was removed and taken to Lira Regional Referral Hospital's mortuary pending post-mortem examinations.

“The wreckage of the vehicle has been removed and taken to Akalo Police Station pending IOV inspections,” he added.

While preliminary findings suggest that the deceased could have been speeding, police said investigators are yet to find concrete evidence.

“The cause of the accident is yet to be established. We appeal to road users to be extra careful and observe road safety rules and regulations,” Okema said.

Recent incident

Tibihika is the fourth person to succumb to an accident in three days. On Saturday, a minibus coaster registration UBL 851Z collided head-on with a Fuso truck registration UBA 200J, leaving three dead on the spot and 60 passengers injured.

It is alleged that the driver of the Fuso carrying passengers returning from a traditional marriage ceremony, who was speeding, lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on with the Coaster carrying players of Lango Province football team

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