- Woman killed in incident on Nairobi-Nakuru highway
A British woman died along with her friend in a horror head-on collision with a truck hours after arriving in Kenya on holiday.
The woman died yesterday morning in a road accident on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
A friend who had picked her up from the airport also died at the scene, while her driver was seriously injured during the incident, which took place at 4am on a busy road, the Nairobian newspaper reported. the star reports.
The car was heading towards Nakuru and collided with a truck. The driver was taken to Naivasha Sub-County Hospital in a critical condition, while those inside the truck were unharmed.
Police officer Stephen Kirui said the driver and his friend picked up the British woman at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
The woman died yesterday morning in a road accident on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. Police officer Stephen Kirui said the British woman was picked up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi by the driver and her friend (File photo)
He said initial investigations showed that the driver of the car swerved from the lane and collided head-on with the Nairobi-bound truck.
Kirui said: “In the process, the British citizen who was visiting the country and a man died on the spot while their driver was seriously injured and admitted to the sub-county hospital.”
The two bodies were transported to the Naivasha Sub County Hospital mortuary.
The damaged car was towed to the police station and an investigation was opened.
The accident occurred after a Kenyan man suspected of murdering his girlfriend in the United States and leaving her body in an airport parking lot escaped from custody in Nairobi.
Kevin Kangethe was detained awaiting extradition to the United States for the death of Margaret Mbitu late last year, but escaped from a police station on Wednesday night.
“This is shameful,” said Nairobi Police Chief Adamson Bungei.
“We have arrested the four officers who were on duty when he escaped to explain how it happened and we are looking for him,” he added.
US and Kenyan authorities had launched a manhunt after Mbitu was found stabbed to death in a parking lot at Boston’s Logan Airport in November.
An arrest warrant was issued for Kangethe after he fled the United States to his native Kenya, where he was arrested in late January.