Miss Chinenye Roseline Ude, a 24-year-old graduate of Sociology from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) lost her life in a fatal accident at Akesan Junction in Igando area, along the Isheri-LASU Road, Lagos.
The lady was killed last week while taking her father, Mr. Anthony Ude, who had an injury on his hand to the nearby Divine Blessing Hospital, across the Isheri-LASU Road, in Akesan village, for treatment.
It was gathered that while the duo waited for a chance to cross to the opposite side of the expressway, she was unaware that a Mercedez tipper lorry, with registration EPE 299 XE, loaded with sand, was coming from the LASU end. It was learned that the driver of the vehicle lost control of the wheel and headed for the side of the road where Mr. Ude and his daughter stood.
When Ude and his daughter realised the grave danger confronting them, they fled in different directions. But as fate would have it, the vehicle went after Chinenye, killing her instantly.
According to a witness, the vehicle’s rear tyres crushed Chinenye’s head on the paved road.
One witness said;
“The pathetic incident instantly attracted a huge crowd of sympathisers and passers-by. People could not restrain their tears,”
Daily Sun gathered that soon after the accident, the police at Igando were alerted. On arrival, they inspected the scene and conducted short investigation before arranging for an ambulance to take the body away.
The tipper driver and the deceased’s father, according another eyewitness, Mr. Azuka Obidinnu, were taken to Igando Police Station while the tipper was impounded.
After a brief stay at the station, a policeman, Sergeant Onee Kanu, and Mr. Obidinnu, conveyed the remains of the deceased to the mortuary of Mainland Hospital, Yaba, where it was deposited.
Meanwhile, the driver of the tipper lorry is being detained at Igando Police Station pending the outcome of investigations.
Speaking to Daily Sun, the distraught father Mr Ude mourns the tragic death of his daughter at such a young age.
“I thank God for sparing my life and making my escape possible.
“If two of us had died, the situation could have been both colossal and disastrous. I pray God to give my wife, Mrs. Amaka Ude, the fortitude to bear this huge loss. It is heavy on her; she is experiencing immense sorrow and sadness at the moment. I can feel her pain and anguish because this loss is irreparable.”