Chiefs, residents spark outrage over the rampant killing of pedestrians

Honourable Justice Baffour Awuah, Assemblymember shockingly revealed that 17 people have been so far knocked down by cars in less than a year.  

Chiefs, residents spark outrage over the rampant killing of pedestrians
Accident scene

The Chiefs and residents at Akyeremade -Kwanwoma - Behenase electoral area have lamented over the frequent killings of people by cars due to the absence of speed ramps and overspeeding.

Honourable Justice Baffour Awuah, Assemblymember for the area speaking to Soireenews said it's time such disturbing occurrences in the area are brought to end.

He shockingly revealed that 17 people have been so far knocked down by cars in less than a year, with eight(8) people dead and five(5) victims being disabled.

The angry residents, therefore, blamed the road's contractor for refusing to provide them with speed ramps.

Their outrage sparks after a thirteen (13) year old Abdulai Awudu was knocked down to death by a car on Sunday evening.

Awudu, a final year JHS  student at the Elshadai International School and two others were knocked down by a speeding vehicle whilst they were buying roasted corn by the roadside.

Emmanuel Kwasi Kyei Junior, an eyewitness who spoke to this reporter on how the sad incident occurred revealed that an overspeeding private vibe with a DV registration number, DV5541-A veered off the road and unfortunately banged into a container beside which a roasted maize seller and her customers were standing.

He revealed that the car knocked down two customers including the late Abdulai Awudu. He said the duo couldn't see the car due to the fact that the vehicle faced them from behind.

"The two customers were facing the car from behind and therefore couldn't see it coming. Nana Yaa, the maize seller who saw the car due to her standing position was able to run but still got hurt by the car leading to her injury". He revealed.

The speeding driver who also got injured has since been admitted to the Aburaso Methodist hospital for treatment whilst police await for him to be discharged so that he can help in the investigation.

The maize seller and the other injured customer have also been admitted to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment.

The body of late Awudu has since been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Hospital morgue.

Some angry residents and their chiefs who spoke to Soireenews said they are fed up with the unsuspected killings due to someone's negligence.

"We are tired of these deaths. Why is the contractor refusing to give us speed rumps? If there had been any speed rumps, these reckless drivings wouldn't have been occurring in this area". Some angry residents lamented.

Meanwhile, Honourable Justice Baffour Awuah, assembly member for the area speaking to Soireenews further disclosed that he and his chiefs went to one Nana Asare, the Ashanti regional director of federal roads so that he could order the road's contractor or grant them permission to construct a speeding ramp in order to help control speed to avoid any further occurrences.

But to their surprise, the director turned down their request on several occasions despite explaining the appalling situation they were going through. 

The angry residents have threatened to advise themselves should authorities fail to do the needful.

Nana Peprah, Ashanti