Three killed in car crash
Taken from this week's issue.
The incident occurred when Elliot Simbarashe Kanofema “lost control” of his hire car on a bend near the village of Yılmazköy at around 10pm, and crashed into a roadside barrier, police said.
The car was “torn to pieces” by the impact of the collision, leaving wreckage from the vehicle and parts of the crash barrier strewn across the road.
Kanofema and passenger Dean Tafara Marufu (23) were killed instantly while a third occupant of the vehicle, Electious Vhere (22), died in hospital from her injuries shortly after.
The three were students and graduates of Lefke Euro- pean University, which issued a message of condo- lences.
A fourth passenger, Tınashe Bvepfe, suffered serious injuries and was taken to intensive care. Ten minutes after the crash a second vehicle driven by Abdullah Sadık ploughed into the wreckage of the first acci- dent. Mr Sadık was treated in hospital for minor injuries.
Ambulances, police offi- cers, firefighters and para- medics were at the scene of the devastation for several hours.
The Police Department’s deputy traffic manager Şevket Derindağ, Lefkoşa traffic department manager Savaş Yeşildağlı and Lefkoşa road accident investigation department head Mehmet Özatılgan all attended the crash site. Investigations into the incident are continuing.
The deaths lead to renewed calls for the installa- tion of lighting on the “pitch black” route.
Meanwhile Road Acci- dents Prevention Association president Mehmet Avcı has said that there is a lack of safety on the Lefkoşa-Girne dual carriageway, where diversions are in place for roadworks near the Boğazköy junction.
The lack of street lighting, and signs and cones that have “overturned”, pose a “great danger” to motorists, Mr Avcı said.
“Closing this road means traffic chaos in the TRNC. Of course, the problems should be solved . . . but while doing so the safety of drivers should be considered.
“It’s a windy [road]. It is not acceptable that sign- boards are overturning. Everything should be done in order to prevent this.”
Mr Avcı stated that warning signs should be installed on the “entire way” both in Turkish and in Eng- lish and that street lighting is “essential”.