Speeding DPP car kills two people in Lira

Two people were confirmed dead after they were hit by a speeding car, allegedly belonging to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the city of Lira on Monday.

The victims have been identified as Ferdinand Otima, 25, and Raymond Ogwang, 66, both residents of Aliri Village, Akalo Sub-County in Kole District.

They were riding a motorcycle on the Lira-Soroti highway when the vehicle with registration number UG 1234J, a Toyota Hilux, ran over them near Rima Primary School.
Kyoga Northern Region Police Spokesperson, Superintendent of Police Patrick Jimmy Okema, said the speeding vehicle was traveling from Soroti side towards Lira town.

“The driver continued, lost control and ran over a pedestrian (named Emmanuel Okullo), seriously injuring him. The vehicle subsequently overturned,” SP Okema said in a statement.
The bodies of the victims were taken to the Lira Regional Reference Hospital for autopsy.
Okullo and another passenger who was in the vehicle, Betty Agola, were also rushed to a nearby clinic for treatment after suffering injuries.

“Both the vehicle and the motorcycle were towed to the Lira Central Police Station pending IOV inspection. The driver is in custody,” SP Okema said.
Police attributed the cause of the accident to reckless driving.