IGANGA, UGANDA: A boda boda rider has perished in a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Monday, November 8, at Walugogo, along Iganga-Jinja highway.
The accident involved a vehicle that wasn’t identified by press time after causing the accident and a Motorcycle Bajaj boxer registration number UFH 688S.
The rider of the Motorcycle who died on spot was identified as Waiswa Kyaate,25, a resident of Nabitaama village, Bulongo Sub-county in Luuka district.
The Eyewitness who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely said that the cyclist was travelling from Iganga to Luuka before meeting his death.
”The boda boda man was traveling from Iganga to Luuka and I have understood that he comes from Luuka district. We call upon government to get a solution to Walugogo area since it has been a deadly spot for many years,” he said.
Busoga East Police Spokesperson, MS Diana Nandawula confirmed the accident saying that the accident occurred in the morning on Monday when a vehicle knocked dead a boda boda rider.
”A Boda boda rider died on spot this morning in an accident which occurred at Walugogo along Jinja-Iganga highway. The deceased was identified as Waiswa Kyaate, 25, who was riding a motorcycle registration number UFH 688S, Bajaj, and was knocked dead by a speeding vehicle in a hit-and-run accident,” Ms. Nandawula said.
She(Nandawula) says that police have launched a hunt of the driver who was involved in an accident that killed a Boda boda cyclist.
”We have started hunting for the driver who was involved in the accident which killed a boda boda rider today’s morning,” Nandawula said before adding that the body was taken to Iganga general hospital Mortuary for an autopsy before it could be given to relatives for burial arrangements.
The wreckages of the motorcycle were taken to Iganga Central Police station as investigations into the accident continue.
Walugogo is a black spot for years and many people have since lost their lives in the same area.
Some boda boda cyclists have been crashed while trying to access a route to Luuka district at Walugogo area and others along the way given the narrowness of the highway at this point. Over ten people perished in an accident at this area when a commuter tax rammed into a trailer in September 2012.