Driver in Kitty accident charged by Gambian authorities

Gambian authorities have indicted the driver involved in the accident that wounded supporters of the coalition and football fans in Kitty on Saturday.

The 30-year-old driver of the Mercedes Benz taxi, Alpha Jallow of Brikama Nyambai was charged with ‘reckless driving causing injury,’ according to Police Spokesperson, Foday Conteh.

He was arrested at the scene after suffering a beating in the hands of bystanders.

Jallow was driving beyond the speed limit Westbound from Brikama towards Gunjur when another vehicle crossed the road. He lost control in his attempt to avoid the incoming vehicle and plunged into the crowd of people celebrating the election victory of President Adama Barrow, eyewitnesses say.

Authorities say the majority of the people that were wounded are coalition supporters but several people who joined them after winning a soccer game were also injured.

Four people have been discharged from the hospital after they received treatment for minor injuries. More than two dozen others remain in critical condition and transferred to the teaching hospital in Banjul.

No deaths were reported.

It is the third accident involving Barrow supporters since his election victory in December. His convoy got involved in a crash in Brusubi and an overloaded pickup truck carrying his supporters into the capital, Banjul overturned on its side.

Speeding on the poor state of Gambia’s small roads and overloading has been blamed for the country’s frequent road accidents.

(Reporting and Writing by Sainey MK Marenah; Additional Reporting by Bamba Mass and Lamin K. Saidy; Contribution and Editing by Sam Phatey)

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