Minister’s Dispatch Rider Killed In Gory Crash

THE DISPATCH rider of the Ashanti Regional Minister has reportedly died after falling from his motorbike and landing on his head whilst leading the minister’s convoy on Thursday.

Lance Corporal Promise Kwaku Duah, the deceased, suffered life-threatening head and neck injuries after the fall and was rushed to a health facility at Anwia Nkwanta, but he gave up the ghost a few minutes after arrival.

The policeman met his untimely death whilst leading the convoy of the minister, who was returning to Kumasi after commissioning a health facility at Tweapeasi in the Amansie West Central District.

The gory accident occurred on the Oda bridge near Anwia Nkwanta on the main Kumasi/Obuasi highway when an Urvan bus which was ahead of the minister’s convoy stopped suddenly.

Lance Corporal Kwaku Duah, whose motorbike was right behind the Urvan bus, reportedly tried to avoid hitting the rear of the bus but in the process, he lost control of his motorbike and fell, landing on the road with his head.

Clement Kigeri, spokesperson of the minister, who witnessed the gory accident, disclosed that Lance Corporal Kwaku Duah’s helmet broke after he landed on the road.

He was quickly rushed to a nearby health facility for treatment but died before medical care could be given to him.

Lance Corporal Kwaku Duah
Warning Signs
Clement Kigeri said earlier happenings to Lance Corporal Kwaku Duah before and during the trip ‘should have indicated to us that something disastrous was about to happen.’

He said Kwaku Duah was late in reporting to work that Thursday morning so another dispatch rider was called to lead the minister’s convoy, but the now deceased policeman arrived when the minister’s convoy was just about to move.

Kigeri said the other dispatch rider and Kwaku Duah engaged in heated verbal exchanges over the latter’s lateness, adding, ‘I intervened for peace to prevail before Kwaku Duah led the convoy.’

According to him, Kwaku Duah fell from his motorbike at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) immediately he moved the motorbike ‘and we had to help him pick the motorbike from the floor…’

Kigeri said on reaching Kotwi on the main Kumasi/Obuasi highway, a certain driver crossed the motor rider ‘and he nearly fell but luckily he escaped so the driver was arrested by the police in the area.’

He said getting close to Obuasi, one of the tyres of Kwaku Duah’s motorbike burst so the motorbike was put at the back of one of the Pick-ups in the convoy ‘and Kwaku Duah alighted at Obuasi to fix the motor whilst we left for the event.’

Kigeri said Kwaku Duah joined the minister’s convoy at Obuasi when they were returning to Kumasi from the programme to prepare for another event at Ejura; but the accident occurred, leading to the rider’s death.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi 

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