Another Poly student hit by truck, dies

Just a month after a pandemonium broke loose at Polytechnic College following a death of one of the students who was hit by a truck, another student was killed in similar incident on the night of Monday in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre.

The student, Elliam Yagontha 21 years old was hit by three tonner Toyota Dyna registration MJ 5451 and was driven by Leonard Bisado 31 of Nazombe village T/A Kapeni in Blantyre.

Blantyre Police have confirmed Yagontha’s death, who died at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) after sustaining head and internal injuries.

“According to the driver in collaboration with other eye witnesses; the motor vehicle was being driven from the direction of Blantyre heading to Limbe along Chipembere Highway. It driven at a high speed and upon arrival at Polytechnic; it hit Elliam Yagontha who was crossing the road .

“Due to the impact; Elliam Yagontha sustained internal head injuries and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was admitted and pronounced dead while receiving medical treatment. The motor vehicle’s left view mirror broken, left head lamp and Indicator damaged, windscreen cracked, and left part depressed due to the impact,” Blantyre Police assistant Publicist, Lameck Thembachako said.

Thembachako said the driver, Bisado is under police custody at Blantyre station answering charges of reckless / negligent driving and over-speeding which is contrary to section 126 (4C) of Road Traffic Act under Chapter 69:01 of the laws of Malawi.

Bisado is expected to appear before Blantyre Magistrate court soon.

In May,  a lorry belonging to a construction company hit two university students as they crossed the road near Polytechnic Annex along the Masauko Chipembere Highway.

Traffic lights at the scene were vandalised by soccer fans when they were coming from a football match at the nearby Kamuzu Stadium.

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