District#6 residents mourn accident victims
By: Emmanuel wise Jipoh
Residents of electoral district #6 in Paynesville, Montserrado county were subdued by grief Wednesday, 29 March as they memorialize the recent death of seven (7) of their colleagues, some of them, school children in a tragic motor accident.
District# 6 Representative, Rev. Samuel Reeves Enders, who joined residents in a memorial service, broke down in tears, as he memorialized the victims that suffered a gruesome death when a truck rammed into a tricycle they were riding in and burst into flames in the ELWA community Paynesville.
The tragedy happened late Monday, March 20. The speeding Renault truck, belonging to UNIDO of One UN House, Pan African Plaza, lost control and collided with 13 moving objects, including 5 cars, 5 tricycles, and 3 motorcycles. One of the tricycles stuck under the truck and gutted by fire, leading both to burn, Police report said.
The victims included a 10th-grade student of the African Dream Academy in Paynesville Lucky Smart, a tricycle taxi (Keke) rider Elijah Jallah, an officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Emmanuel Gbowee, a motorcyclist Michael S. Doe, and others yet to be identified. However, Student Victoria Sackie of the African Dream Academy survived.
The memorial was attended by hundreds of grieving residents, among them parents, relatives, and friends, who paid tributes.
A female resident, Kebbeh Lama, in tears said it was disheartening to see such an accident, as she consoled bereaved families.
Students of the African Dream Academy, trooped in huge number to remember their falling colleague, Lucky Smart.
Short of words, the elder sister of the victim, Student Victoria Sackie, who was pushed out of the tricycle taxi by her late sister as a way of saving her life, also broke down in tears.
She described the late Student Lucky Smart as someone who was very keen on her studies, diligent, and obedient.
In his tribute, Rep. Enders, who before handling the microphone to speak, broke down in tears, said it was so sad, describing the tragedy as a shock and a memorable lost that will never be forgotten.
He said the memorial organized by the African Dream Academy and the entire district was a way of remembering those who lost their lives.
Meanwhile, since the casualty, the Liberia National Police (LNP) has charged the vehicle operator identified as Sam Morris with reckless driving, resulting in deaths, injuries, and property damage. Editing by Jonathan Browne