A 77-year-old woman, Mrs Roseline Omorogbe, was killed when a man driving a Toyota Venza rammed into a tricycle conveying passengers to their destination in Benin city, Edo State.
A 30-year-old woman, Mrs Regina Jeffery and a tricycle rider, were also severely injured in the accident, which occurred on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, along first Ugbor Road by John Edebia Junction, Government Reserved Area.
An eye witness who gave his name as Sylvester told Punch that the driver of the Venza identified as Elvis Erahamwonyi, was on top speed when he attempted to overtake the car in his front only to crash into the coming tricycle.
“The driver of the Venza I suspect is a Yahoo boy. They are always driving like the road belongs to them. If he had been patient, the accident would have been avoided. Another tricycle would have been involved but he was fast enough to avoid being hit. An elder woman died on the spot while two were taken to Benin Medical Care on Adesuwa Road,” the witness said.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the accident in a statement on Wednesday.
“This is to inform the general public of a fatal motor/tricycle accident that occurred Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at about 0600hrs along first Ugbor Road by John Edebia Junction, G.R.A; Benin City, involving Mr Elvis Erahamwonyi the driver of one Toyota Venza Jeep Reg No. BDG 893 ES, Tricycle rider, Mr Goodness Sunday, and the other tricycle rider whose identity is yet unknown with Reg Nos. BEN 614 UT Edo State Taxi Colour and AFZ 684 QM respectfully,” the statement read.
“The accident, which occurred early hours of the day, resulted in the death of a 77-year-old woman, Mrs Roseline Omorogbe of No. 12 Omoregbe Close, Off Guobadia, Off first Ugbor, G.R.A; Benin City who was a passenger in one of the tricycles.
“The accident also caused severe bodily injuries on Mrs Regina Jeffery, aged 30 years old, of Obanor Street, Back of Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, and a tricycle rider.
“The two injured persons were immediately admitted at Benin Medical Care, along Adesuwa Road, G.R.A; Benin City for treatments while the deceased woman was deposited at Stella Obasanjo, Hospital Mortuary, Off Sapele Road, Benin City for autopsy and preservation,” he added.