Student dies in Gogrial East road accident

Police in Gogrial East County are searching for suspected boda-boda rider accused of causing a fatal accident on Sunday evening.

Atem Akol Machok, 30, allegedly knocked down Nyang Garang Nyang – a Form 2 student at Mabior Tiit Secondary School – at Mabior Tiit village.

The 20-year-old succumbed to head injuries while being rushed to a nearby hospital.

“People tried to rush him to the hospital, but he passed away on the way,” said Colonel Madut Anei, police inspector in Gogrial East County.

He blamed the accident on speeding, adding that the police are still searching for the suspect, who immediately fled the scene of the accident.

There have been increased reports of road carnage in Lakes, Warrap, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states – a situation observers attribute to construction of roads there.

On October 4, at least five people from the Warrap state governor’s media team suffered injuries after a vehicle they were traveling in got involved in a road accident along Wau-Tonj road.

Last week, authorities in Lakes described road accident as the leading cause of death in the state.

They said half of the year’s review from January to June shows that 35 people have lost their lives to road accidents.

State Traffic Police Director, Col Chol Arol, blamed the increase in the number of deaths caused by road accidents on the community’s lack of knowledge about road safety measures.