One commercial motorcyclist died instantly following a head-on collision with a truck and a National Transit Authority bus on Monday, May 21, 2013 near Point Four Junction, Bushrod Island, Monrovia.
An eyewitness Augustine Kemokai, narrated that the incident occurred as an officer of the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union attempted stopping the bike rider to issue him a ticket for riding without helmet and shoes, which is a violation of the vehicle and traffic rules. But the rider, identified as Pekoe Boy, reportedly refused to stop and while escaping the scene, instantly collided with the truck and the NTA bus.
Kemokai further narrated that the truck, without license plate, was speeding from the opposite direction, and neither its driver nor the bike rider could have escaped the accident. According to him, the truck driver was subsequently arrested by police and taken to the police station for investigation.
In an interview with The NewDawn at the accident scene, LMTU officer George Wiah said he was stopping the bike rider to ask him for his helmet and shoes, stressing that the driving rules require that a rider must have on helmet and a pair of shoes before getting in the traffic, but the victim ignored these regulations.
He said after the incident, the victim was immediately taken to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town where doctors on duty pronounced him dead. At the same time, the commander of the Zone One Police Station on Bushrod Island disclosed that the accident occurred at about 9:00 A.M.
He further said that the accident was a terrible one and the death of the motorcyclist by the name of pekoe boy was sardine. Police have detained the driver of the truck, pending investigation.