LNP Blames Officer’s Death on ‘Speeding’ Vehicle

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Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) said they are investigating circumstances that led to the death of one of their officers, Opaylo Gonbgaye.

The late officer Gongbaye was assigned at the Careysburg Police Detachment. He was reportedly killed by a speeding vehicle which failed to adhere to police instructions.

Police spokesman Sam Collins disclosed yesterday at the Headquarters of the LNP in Monrovia that a rushing vehicle which failed to adhere to police instructions, ran into the late officer and knocked him down resulting in his death.

Mr. Collins explained that the vehicle bearing license plate number BP-2498 approached the police checkpoint at high speed, crushing the traffic officer to the road which resulted to his death.

He said officer Gongbaye, who was later rushed to the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, was pronounced dead upon arrival by medical doctors, police spokesman explained.

He identified the operator of the vehicle in question as Akie Bangura, who reportedly fled the accident scene but has been arrested by police and is undergoing interrogation.
Collins explained further that the LNP is also investigating another road accident involving two of its officers that resulted into serious head and leg injuries. The two officers were reportedly hit by a vehicle in Congo Town while they were on their routine patrol.

He said the two officers are presently undergoing medical treatment after being transferred to the Jackson F. Doe referral Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba County.

The officers are being identified as Patrolman Amara Kamara, who was an occupant on the motorbike sustained fractures to his leg twice with a deep wound in his head, while the operator of the bike, patrolman, T. Festus Kacorr suffered a broken leg as well as fractures.

The vehicle marked PC-15743 was operated by a female identified as Gardio Twarally Hende. She too sustained minor injuries and has since been treated and discharged from United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) run hospital. She is helping police with the investigation, Collins said.

Meanwhile, the LNP has warned operators of vehicles to adhere to traffic regulations to prevent traffic accidents.

The adherence to traffic regulations, LNP said, will further reduce accident especially during the rainy season.

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