Mrs. Peace Edu, an indigen of Edda, in Afikpo South LGA of Ebonyi state was crushed to death by a reversing vehicle inside the Aba Central Police Station yesterday.
Peace who is said to be in her late 50s and also a widow is survived by her only daughter, Blessing, 18 years of age who is said to be devastated by her mother’s agonising demise.
The deceased was well known both at the Central Police Station and the Aba Area Command as she usually hawks her clothing materials on a basket.
As gathered, a reversing Mercedes Emel 320(ML320), which was been driven by the Divisional Traffic Officer-2(DTO-2) of the Aba Central Police Station, SUPO Innocent Ugwuanyi.
It was gathered that Ugwuanyi was trying to reverse the vehicle probably to create space for another vehicle whose exit route was blocked by it before the he suddenly lost control of the vehicle and pinned the widow on wall at the station.
Eyewitnesses said the woman died on the spot as the impact seriously affected her stomach region, leaving serious injuries that led her to bleed profusely.
One of the eyewitnesses said that the deceased came to attend to some of her customers she do supply clothing materials to on daily basis before she met her untimely death.
Açcording to the eyewitness, the victim appeared dead even before she was pulled out from the wall where the vehicle pinned her and subsequently taken to the police clinic at the Aba Area Command.
Another eyewitness who said she was at the scene of the incident and knows the deceased very well, told our correspondent that the woman was loved by all as she hawks her materials with seriousness and wondered why such ill fate could befall her.
Narrating the incident, the eyewitness said,“It was around 1am I came into the station to take something. I actually greeted Mama (the deceased) when I pass where she was.
“I saw a black Jeep that some one was inside probably trying to drive out and I went my way not having anything in mind.
“It all happened within seconds and I heard a loud sound. On rushing out as everyone did, what I saw will probably disturb me for a long time.
“I saw the Mama I just greeted not up to 20 seconds ago, crushed on a wall by the Jeep.
“My whole body was shaking as I saw her practically dead with blood all over the ground.
“It was an accident that no one can explain or may find difficult to understand because that place is a small place to warrant such an impact.”
Our reporter further gathered from a source that the Mercedes Emel 320 does not actually belong to Ugwuanyi, but to his friend who left the car on his care.
Rhe source said he was called upon by another superior officer to quickly shift the vehicle away from a parking space which he was trying to do before the tragedy struck.
Açcording to the source, the cause of the accident may not be far from the fact that the officer is probably not conversant with the vehicle and might have not driven it before.
The Abia State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna confirmed the incident.
Ogbonna went on to describe it as an unfortunate accident. He confirmed that the body of the deceased in already deposited in a mortuary while the officer is now in custody.
FROM THE TOWER OF TRUTH