Nyabyeya students perish in Hoima accident

Police and other people at the accident scene along Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya Road at Kyamukunjuuki village in Kitoba sub-county, Hoima District. (Image: Gad Asaba)

Four people Monday morning died on the spot after the motorcycle they were riding on got involved in an accident along Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya Road at Kyamukunjuuki Village in Kibanjwa Parish, Kitoba Sub-county in Hoima District.

Two of the deceased identified as Elvis Amanya from Katuna in Kabale district and Darius Taremwa from Rukungiri district were students of Nyabyeya Forestry College in Masindi.

Others who died in the accident on the same motorcycle were, Jack Biryabarema hailing from Rukungiri district and another one Onesmus Womugisa, 22. It is not clear whether these were also students of Nyabyeya college but Womugisa was a resident of Iseisa village in Budaka parish, Kitoba sub-county in Hoima district.

The deceased Nyabyeya Forestry College students were interns at Core Wood Forest in Bujawe Central Forestry Reserve.

Ms Catherine Kabaruli, an eye witness told Kazi-njema News that the motorcyclist was branching off to the right direction without indicating on the motorcycle which confused the driver who ultimately rammed into the motorcycle from the rear.

“The Bajaj rider branched carelessly and the driver could not tell whether the rider was going to branch off or not since he didn’t indicate on his motorcycle where he was heading to,” Ms Kabaruli said.

The Albertine Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Julius Allan Hakiza, says the Bajaj motorcycle registration number UDK 280 K that was ridden by Amanya was knocked from the rear by a Toyota Wish vehicle registration number UBK 654 V in the accident that took place at 8am.

The police officer attributes the accident to reckless driving adding that the driver whose identity was not established fled the scene leaving the vehicle at the scene of crime.

However, ASP Hakiza says the police are hunting for the fugitive driver and the vehicle was towed to Hoima central police station where it is currently parked in the yard.

The deceased’s bodies were by press time still lying in Hoima city mortuary pending forensic examination.

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