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Car crushes teenage girl in Yenagoa

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — Tragedy struck in the Amarata suburb of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Thursday, when a teenage girl was crushed to death by a fast moving vehicle along the busy Sani Abacha Expressway.

The incident occurred at 3.25pm some distance away from Diamond Bank premises.
Though the identity of the slim built dark complexion girl could not be ascertained at press time, witnesses told Vanguard that they had earlier noticed the deceased coming out from one of the new generation banks on the expressway.

It was gathered that the deceased, about 1.67m tall, had wanted to cross to the Amarata side of the expressway when she was knocked down by an ash colour Toyota Corolla car with plate number AJ 03 SPR.

The victim, it was learnt, died on the spot before any assistance could be rendered.
The driver later reported himself to the police and the car was impounded and taken to the command headquarters, pending the conclusion of its investigation into the incident.

The remains of the victim had since been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre morgue, Yenagoa.
Contacted the state sector Public Education Officer, Mr. Monday Okoro, confirmed the incident.

Okoro, who expressed regret over the incident, pleaded with the state Ministry of Works and Transport to put in place special road signs to warn road users of likely danger ahead.

He described most of the accidents recorded on the state roads as avoidable, if only motorists and other road users exercised maximum caution on the roads and avoid over-speeding.

Okoro said the recent high volume of traffic on the state roads in the last three months informed the deployment of men of the command at strategic locations, especially around roundabouts in the state capital.


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