Speeding driver kills 3 on New Year’s Day, on the run

A speeding driver has killed three people early in the morning on New Year Day and police are hunting for him after he run away leaving his severely vehicle near Bingu Stadium in Lilongwe.

The vehcile which has hit and killed three people in Lilongwe

Lingadzi police spokesperson Gift Chitowe said the unknown driver, who was driving a Golf polo type of car registration number DA 8973, hit a bicycle taxi driver who carried a passenger and killed the two instantly.

“After the accident, he swayed from the right hand side to the left where he hit another person and was announced dead on arrival at Kamuzu Central Hospital,” said Chitowe.

He said the police have intensified a manhunt for the killer  driver.

Chitowro said the unknown driver was driving from Area 18 round about to Bingu Stadium on the newly constructed road.

“Only one victim has been identified and she is Sheilla Banda,” he said.

Some eye witnesses said the driver was very drunk although he managed to flee the scene of the accident.

The accident comes after Malawi Police reported that road traffic accidents in the country sharply increased by 35 out of every 100 in 2018 to 4 879 cases compared to 3 626 recorded in 2017.

Meanwhile, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police Stan Kaliza  has assured that police will in the New Year 2019 double efforts to minimise road accidents and ensure that people’s lives and property are saved.

Kaliza urged motorists to drive responsibly and share the road with other road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

He mentioned exceeding the speed limit, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to observe road signs and other malpractices as major contributing factors to the rise in road accidents.

Kaliza also said use of unroadworthy vehicles and unlicensed drivers were other challenges frustrating efforts to reduce road accidents.

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dan
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dan

Courts play a big role in assisting to reduce such deliberate accidents.
Unfortunetely when such useless people are brought before them they are liniently treated and the business as usual continues In my view these useless drivers need to rot in jail without pardon at least 10yrs
These are deliberately caused deed and not accidents. The Police need to find him, and the case need to be closely followed to ensure other useless drivers learn a very good leasson

Roll out ATI now
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Roll out ATI now

I am very surprised that corruption at the Road Traffic and by Police officers on the roads are not contributing factors to some of these accidents. People are buying licences. Many cars and trucks do not go for fitness certification, but they have COF stickers.

Ambuje Kukaya
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Ambuje Kukaya

It is sad we are looking productive people on our roads due to poor driving habits. However, I wish our road traffic law enforcers and city authorities can do better on the influx of our brothers plying the kabaza business on the city roads……the kabaza is quite a death trap. The kabaza guys whether out of ignorance or arrogance in many cases seem to be out of touch on how to cycle on the roads. For a couple of times it’s either me missing them by a whisker or them almost bumping into my way. Please authorities, do something on… Read more »

tiko
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tiko

true. in addition most malawi roads are in very poor state. roads like lilongwe to Kasungu, Salima to Dwangwa, just to mention a few

Erik Peterson
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Erik Peterson

I know this is alcohol related, but the lack of respect for pedestrians and cyclists in Malawi is astonishing. People drive fast so close to cyclists. They should be given priority, and cars should give them a cars width of space. Lorries are especially bad. It’s almost an attitude of poor people not mattering.

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

On the run,? The car doesnt have discs? He can be easily identified through road traffic.

CHOKA SATANA
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SOME PEOPLE ARE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LIQUOR + MALIJUANA — OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM NEED TO MOUNT SPOT CHECKS ON THE ROADS OF MOTHER MALAWI —HOW CAN WE LOSE SOULS LIKE THIS AT A TIME? — WORSE STILL THE DRIVER IS ON THE RUN — WAS HE/SHE THE AGENT OF THE EVIL ONE ??

Ida
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Ida

Very sad. May their souls rest in peace