By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — CELEBRATIONS of the new year turned sour for Assistant Sales Representatives of the Nation Newspapers in Ibadan, and his colleague who works for ThisDay Newspaper as they were involved in a fatal accident.
The accident that happened around 1:25 a.m, yesterday claimed the life of the Nation staff, Timothy Adeosun, while his friend is still at the Emergency and Accident section of the University College Hospital, Ibadan where doctors are battling to save his life.
The two of them were said to be on their way from a church service when they crashed on Oke-Padre Salvation Army Road, Ibadan.
According to reports, the driver of a car marked Lagos FKJ 894 DC veered off his lane and ran into Adeosun and his friend who were on a bike.
Confirming the tragic incident, the Divisional Transport Officer at Mokola Police Station, Oyelowo Asimiyu, said the driver of the car was in their custody.
He said investigation into the incident revealed that the driver of the Acura car left his lane, hit the two victims and the impact sent them into a ditch.
“The Nation newspaper dispatch rider died shortly after due to the injuries he sustained while ThisDay newspaper man had serious injuries in his right thigh and chest.
Chairman, Newspapers Distributors Association of Nigeria (NDAN), Mr. Babatunde Abimbola, said someone called at about 1:30a.m that Timothy Adeosun had a fatal accident.
He said: “Sympathizers at the scene of the accident offered assistance by taking him to a nearby hospital but he rejected. Not only that, the boy with Babalola was writhing in pains as about seven hospitals rejected them.
He said they were turned back at Oluyoro Catholic Hospital, state hospital at Adeoyo, until they were eventually admitted to Accident and Emergency Unit of UCH, Ibadan after much plea.
The Correspondent of the Nation newspaper in Ibadan, Bisi Oladele, said: “Our thoughts are with the Adeosuns at this critical time. Clearly, they raised a responsible, reliable, meek and a promising man. His contributions to the company would be remembered always.”