Kenya:Student dies after jumping off a moving vehicle

By Samuel Ouma

The late Edwin Kipkemoi Langat, a fourth year nursing student at Kabarak University. [Courtesy]
The late Edwin Kipkemoi Langat, a fourth year nursing student at Kabarak University. [Courtesy]
The rate at which the innocent Kenyans lose their lives in the hands of reckless drivers and callous touts is horrifying. Recently, cases of passengers being thrown out of a moving bus are on the rise.

A family of a University student who died after jumping from an over speeding public vehicle is demanding for justice. Edwin Kipkemoi Langat, a fourth year nursing student at Kabarak University succumbed to fatal injuries in an attempt to escape from a reckless driver in Kericho County.

They are demanding for the arrest and persecution of the driver for causing the death of their son. The deceased was on his way back to school when he met his death. Alongside him were other four passengers who sustained minor injuries in scrambling to save their lives. They were treated and later discharged at the Kericho County hospital.

“It pains us to lose our family member who we had struggled to educate and was our beacon of hope. We were looking forward for his graduation as he was in his last semester at the University,” reiterated Nehemiah Kiptoo, the deceased’s uncle.

According to the police, the driver defied police order to stop and sped off forcing passengers to begin jumping off from the vehicle on the fateful day. The driver is alleged to have been previously charged for careless driving.

Two months ago a female student from Nairobi Institute of Business Studies died after she was allegedly pushed out a moving vehicle. The student who was identified as Doreen succumbed to injuries while being rushed to hospital by a Good Samaritan.

Earlier in June, 2018, a security guard was crushed to death along Wayaki way in Nairobi County after he was thrown out by the bus conductor. The eyewitnesses revealed that argument ensued between the two when the tout demanded an extra Ksh.10 ($0.01) on top of Ksh.20 ($0.02) he had paid.

In February, 2018, a 21-year old passenger was reported to have lost his life in a mysterious condition. Dennis Masila’s body was found lying along Mbagathi by his eldest brother Justus Wambua, who got notification from the eyewitnesses.

“Eyewitness said my brother was thrown out of minibus by the tout and on falling the minibus went on to crush him to death. By the time I arrived, the minibus had fled but some youths had pursued it and reported to the police station,” narrated Wambua.

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