Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore narrowly escaped death yesterday when a speeding vehicle hit him. The hit and run accident happened barely days after the death of a Deputy Minister of Commerce, Cyril Allen II, whose vehicle ran into a broken down truck on the Robertsfield Highway.
Minister Moore was jogging in Congo Town along Tubman Boulevard yesterday, Decoration Day, when the incident occurred, an eyewitness reported. The driver did not stop to check on the victim, who suffered minor injuries and was rushed to the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Center where he is responding to treatment, according to hospital sources.
The vehicle was reportedly overtaking another vehicle when it veered in Minister Moore’s direction, hitting him to the ground.
Minister Moore had just returned from Ganta, Nimba County, where the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea road dedication ceremony took place on Monday.
Many recollected that during the road dedication in Ganta, Minister Moore, who asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of his colleague, Cyril Allen II, warned drivers against excessive speeding, saying it has the propensity to destroy innocent lives.
“Not because we are fixing the roads and they look so smooth and comfortable, you should put other people’s lives at risk. We need to stop excessive speeding,” warned Minister Moore who could not have realized he would soon be a victim of the behavior he was advising against.
The Daily Observer could not get information on the make and year of the vehicle as well as information about the driver who nearly killed Minister Moore. The Executive Mansion said the Liberia National Police (LNP) is investigating the case which is being treated as a hit and run accident.
While touring various gravesites around Monrovia and its environs where she laid wreaths, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, along with Information Minister Eugene Nagbe and several government officials, paid a brief visit to Minister Moore at the JFK where the Minister is receiving treatment.