A driver suspected to have been drunk, on Saturday, overran six persons in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta; killing two family members and causing severe injuries on four others.
A source within the community told newsmen that the six victims, among them, a 57-year-old woman and her daughter; were returning home after they had gone to clean their local church, ahead of Sunday service.
The source said that the victims were walking home at the Ogbenti-Obi quarters; when the driver, suspected to have been drunk, ran over them.
“They went to clean their church and were coming back home at about 10:25 am. when the driver; who appeared to have been drunk and was at the same time on top speed; suddenly lost control and ran into the victims.
“Two of them, a woman and her daughter, died. The woman died on the spot; while the young girl died in the hospital,” the source said.
He said that they have deposited the remains of the deceased at the mortuary of the General Hospital, Ogwashi-Uku; while the four injured victims were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
The source further said that they took the driver to the custody of the police in Ogwashi-Uku.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incident.
“I got the report of the incident this morning, but I was told that only one of the victims had been confirmed dead; and that the other victims are currently receiving treatment at the hospital in Ogwaahi-Uku,” Onovwakpoyeya said.