A grisly road accident has claimed the life of a senior police boss. The police boss was travelling in a government owned land cruiser, in a bid to save another accident victim.
The Deputy OCS stationed at Lumakanda Police Station in Lugari, Kakamega County Mr. Charles Mureithi died in the road accident early Monday morning along the Webuye- Eldoret highway.
The 3:00 am morning accident happened when the police vehicle the OCS was traveling in, registration GKB 354T hit an oncoming fuel tanker.
The police cars driver, known as Mr. Bramwel Sirai sustained injuries and was rushed to Lumakanda Hospital. He has later been referred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
Another accident victim
Apart from the driver and the police boss, the vehicle also had another occupant named Abdikadir Mohamed. Abdikadir had been involved in another accident in the same area and was being rushed to hospital by the police boss. he also succumbed to the injuries.
The fuel tanker avoiding collision
According to witnesses, driver of the fuel tanker with registration number KCH 264N/ZE 3223 was travelling from Webuye towards Eldoret. In a bid to avoid a head-on collision, the tanker driver swerved his vehicle’s cabin. Unfortunately the tanker hit the police vehicle, throwing it into a ditch hence the two deaths.
Most fine police officer
The police boss has been eulogized as one of the most fine officers in the country. Mr. Philip Etale, the ODM party head of communication took to social media to remeber the late officer, calling him a friend.
“Mureithi has been very instrumental in fighting criminal elements in Lugari and in his tenure, crime in Lugari has gone down remarkably. To the family of my friend Mureithi, may the good Lord grant you the strength to overcome the loss,” Etale posted on Facebook.
Best police station
In 2017, Lumakanda Police Station was named the best police station by the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA). The cleanliness of the station stood out as well as the separation of police cells by age, gender and disability of arrested persons. This was largely attributed to the good work of the late OCS, Charles Mureithi.