By EMMA ALOMU
An ambulance belonging to Ngora District Local Government has knocked dead a pupil at Television trading centre in Opuyo parish along Soroti- Mbale highway.
Rashida Asadi a female juvenile aged six years and a pupil of Rise and Shine Primary school in Soroti was knocked dead Thursday evening at around 7:30pm.
Police explained on Friday morning that a Toyota Land Cruiser ambulance registration number UAW 871D was heading to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital taking two accident victims who were picked from Ngora Health Center IV.
Michael Odongo the East Kyoga police spokesperson said the child was trying to cross the road to her home only for her to be knocked dead.
Odongo said that the cause of the accident could have been reckless driving because the ambulance was over speeding.
He explained that the driver should have reduced the speed after reaching a trading centre.
“It was wrong for the driver to over speed at the trading centre much as it’s an ambulance carrying patients to the hospital. Even his destination was near (around three kilometers),” the spokesperson said.
According to Odongo, the driver identified as Simon Omakenyi, 43, a resident of Ngora Town Council handed himself to Soroti Central Police Station where he is being held together with the ambulance.
He said the investigations have begun.
Waiswa Asadi, the father of the deceased has been handed over the body for burial.
Baker Ojakol an eye witness testified that the driver was over speeding, adding that the deceased child was trying to cross over to the right side.
“I just saw her being knocked; she fell on the left hand but her head was totally crushed by the ambulance,” Ojakol testified.
On Monday, two people;a boda boda cyclist, Simon Erone, 23, and his passenger Betty Aguti, 26, all of Bukedea district were knocked dead by a vehicle along the same highway (Mbale-Soroti).
The Monday incident happened near Bukedea Comprehensive School at Aloet parish at around 4:30pm.
That accident emerged after a vehicle registration number UAT 961E Super Custom coming from Mbale towards Bukedea had a head-on collision with the boda boda motorcycle registration number UEB 430C Bajaj boxer which was moving on opposite direction.
“The driver of the vehicle, Angela Zachari Lochoro who is a resident of Moroto Municipality took off but later handed himself to Soroti Central Police station,” Odongo said.
The spokesperson said that several road accidents currently in the country are as a result of human error.