Crime & Punishment of Monday, 11 February 2013

Source: Daily Graphic

Hit-and-run driver kills woman on N1

Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service has mounted a search for a hit-and-run driver who killed an unidentified woman on the George Walker Bush Highway last Saturday.

The incident is said to have occurred in the night around the Hong Kong stretch of the highway, when the driver sped off, leaving the deceased in a pool of blood.

The body of the deceased, believed to be mentally challenged, has been deposited at the Police Hospital Mortuary.

The MTTU Commander, ACP Angwubutoge Awuni, who confirmed this to the Daily Graphic yesterday, appealed to the general public to volunteer information to the police for the arrest of the hit-and-run driver.

Last Saturday’s incident is the latest in a spate of accidents on the George Walker Bush Highway, also known as N1 Highway, since its inauguration on February 15, 2012. According to statistics given by the MTTU Commander, 389 accidents occurred on the N1 Highway between February 14, 2012 and December 31, 2012, claiming the lives of 52 people and injuring 284 others.

This means at least one person died and six others got injured every week through accidents on the highway within the period. There were 112 pedestrian knockdowns, meaning at least two pedestrians were knocked down on the highway every week.

The statistics further indicate that 720 vehicles, 392 of them private, were involved in accidents on the N1 Highway within the period

Meanwhile, the Tesano Divisional Commander of the MTTU, DSP Ernest Acheampong, has advised motorists and pedestrians who use the George Walker Bush Highway to be extra careful in order to minimise the spate of accidents and deaths on the highway.

He urged pedestrians to endeavour to use the footbridges provided on the highway instead of crossing it indiscriminately.

“It’s better to walk a long distance to use the footbridge than to cross the road anywhere,” he advised pedestrians during an interview with the Daily Graphic on February 8, 2013.

DSP Acheampong also advised motorists that although the road is a motorway, they should reduce their speed whenever they reach the densely populated areas where pedestrians might be crossing.