27-year-old man dies in early morning crash in Benin

27-year-old man dies in early morning crash in Benin

Saturday, March 16, 2019 1:50 pm


The car involved in the accident

Jethro Ibileke/Benin

An unidentified 27-year-old man has died in a fatal motor accident that occurred in Benin, Edo State, in the early hours of Saturday.

The accident involved a blue-coloured Lexus saloon car with registration number BEN 862 PJ, and was said to have occurred at about 1.30 am, inside the round-about of the 5-Junction, along Uselu-Lagos Road.

The victims were said to be heading to Ugbowo area from the GRA where they allegedly went for a night party.

It was observed that the car which was coming from the TV road end, apparently on top speed, lost control at the round-about, summersaulted several, before landing on its roof in the center of the roundabout.

The driver of the ill-fated car was said to have died at the spot, while four other occupants sustained varying, but serious degrees of injuries.

When our correspondent visited the scene of the crash, traffic police operatives were seen measuring the area.

Some of the sympathisers gathered round the accidented car were heard saying that the deceased was a ritualist who amassed so much money within a short time and built his house within six months.

A young man who did not want to be named in print, told our correspondent that the deceased was a close friend of his neighbor.

He said: “I learnt that he was 27-year old. I also know that he moved into his own building just two weeks ago. His parents are also there with him.

“I overheard his friend saying that he warned him not to drive that night. He said he told him to sleep in an hotel till this morning before going home, but that he insisted on going home.”

The State Police Command spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, told our correspondent on phone that he would be able to comement​ on the accident only on Monday.

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