A speeding motorists ran into a police officer on Mombasa Road and he passed away shortly after the incident.
According to reports the police officer was controlling the traffic to make way for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s motorcade on Sunday before the accident.
The car crashed into the officer when the motorcade of President Uhuru Kenyatta who just landed from Ethiopia was leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for State House.
The officer, identified as Corporal Levi Njonjo, died on the spot after being hit by a motorist who was speeding from Mlolongo.
The deceased police officer was with other policemen, including Embakasi OCPD, Apollo Wanyonyi, OCS Victor Nyongesa and three other policemen near a diversion to the airport a few minutes before midnight, when he met his death.
However, all his colleagues escaped unharmed when the motorists whizzed speedily along Mombasa Road-JKIA junction
Mr Onyonyi said:
We were clearing traffic awaiting the President’s arrival from the AU summit in Ethiopia.
A speeding Toyota Wish driven by a man approached and did not stop. We jumped off the road but one of the officers was hit.
Nairobi Traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi said the driver of the car would be charged after investigations into the crash are completed.
Police seized the driver of the speeding Toyota Wish and headed him to Embakasi Police Station. His vehicle was also detained at the station.
Issuing a statement about the incident, Nairobi traffic boss Edward Mwamburi stated that Njonjo was unlucky to have died instantly from the accident.
He further said the driver will face the law for being disobedient to the policemen and the traffic control system.
In his word:
The motorist overtook other cars that had been stopped and came speeding towards where the officers were standing and killed one of them. He is in custody as investigations continue.
One of the policemen present at the time of the accident, named Wanyonyi, said he ran to safety when the car was speeding forward but heard a loud bang, looking back he saw his colleague lying helpless and lifeless.
According to him:
I remember hearing a loud bang and skidding breaks as I looked for a way to ensure my safety. My colleagues too had to duck from the road.