2 Killed in Kakata Highway Crash

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Two persons were killed yesterday when a speeding Pathfinder jeep reportedly crashed into a motorcycle on the Monrovia-Kakata highway. The deceased are the motorcyclist and his passenger, a mother of four, identified as Ophelia Benda.

Although the driver of the Pathfinder jeep, with license plate LB A52863, was up to press time last night not identified, he reportedly suffered serious injuries.

The incident occurred about midday near a town called Freeman Reserve.

The driver of the jeep, according to eyewitnesses, was conveying a pastor (not named) from Monrovia to Kakata to conduct an “anointing service” when he allegedly lost control and crashed into the oncoming motorbike.

The late Ophelia Benda, about 25, was a member of the Kakata branch of Winners Chapel. She leaves to mourn her loss four children, two boys and two girls.

Eyewitnesses said Benda chartered the motorbike after church service and was on her way to visit her grandmother, identified as Ma Lowoe, a resident of Freeman Reserve.

“The driver of the jeep lost control and left the opposite lane and collided head-on with the motorbike throwing the bikerider and his passenger into a nearby creek,” an eyewitness said.

After the accident, neighbors rushed the injured to the C.H. Rennie Hospital, along with the bodies of the deceased.

Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) arrived at the scene much later to begin their investigations.

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