By Suoyo Ekubo
A reckless driver reportedly driving against traffic has killed an entire family of five and their house help along Umudibia community, maternity junction in Owerri, Imo State on Sunday, August 5, 2023.
Mr Arthur, alias Agwu Oti Aka who is the man of the deceased family was a physical challenged Para-Badminton Silver Medalist. He was scheduled to represent Nigeria in a physical challenged Badminton competition in the United States on August 14, 2023.
It was gathered that, Mr Arthur was riding a motorcycle with some of his children, while another two motorcycles carried his wife, house help, and other children when the accident occurred.
While Mr Arthur, his wife and their 14-month-old child died on the spot, his house help and two sons passed away later in an Owerri hospital.
A neighbour of the deceased family, Prince Mekoyor, who confirmed the tragic incident on Wednesday, August 9, revealed that the reckless driver believed to be intoxicated, swerved off his lane and struck the family.
“Arthur as I fondly called the deceased was living in the same house with me at Weathral till this last Sunday when he perished with his family. He has only one hand and was about to represent the country on Disabled Badminton competition in the USA on the 14th August 2023. He runs a restaurant at Polynek school junction,” he explained.
According to Mekoyor, the driver was not the owner of the RX 3:30 Lexus SUV but had borrowed the vehicle to withdraw money for a drink purchase at Holy Family junction Poly Nekede.
He recounted that the driver sped off to an ATM at the Master’s Energy fuel station on Aba Road in Owerri. On his return, the driver lost control of the vehicle’s steering at Maternity Junction Polynek and collided head-on with Arthur’s family.
“He was on top speed on his way back and he lost control of the steering at Maternity junction, Umuokoto on Polynek-Ihiagwa road. He ended up knocking down a man and the entire family of Arthur face to face. Arthur and his family were on their way home at 11:05pm whereas the suspect was heading back to the joint.