Initial reports quote the Liberia National Police as saying former Associate Justice Cllr. Michael Wilkins Wrights and his driver, who intruded into the motorcade of President George Manneh Weah Sunday, 10 February killing two persons and wounding several others along the Monrovia-Gbarnga Highway were under the influence of alcohol.
According to the Executive Mansion, the crash occurred when a car transporting Justice Wrights and a lady identified as Victoria Wlue, intruded into the presidential motorcade at Gbonkorneima near Gbarnga, Bong County, specifically hitting the Executive Mansion Press Corps Jeep.
Justice Wrights and his driver were reportedly unhurt in the crash, but the female riding with them, Victoria Wlue and an employee of the Ministry of State from the Presidential convoy are confirmed dead.
Journalists riding in the Executive Mansion Press Corps Jeep sustained serious injuries, one of them life-threatening.
A release issued Monday by Presidential Press Secretary Isaac Solo Kelgbeh says, President Weah has promptly ordered that long-serving Executive Mansion Videographer Gabriel W. Mills be flown to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, for further treatment.
Doctors at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia referred Gabriel Mills
for further treatment. Learning of the need for his medical referral,
the Liberian leader facilitated Gabriel’s overseas treatment, including
travel and medical costs.
Another staff of the Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs,
Gabriel Wilson popularly known “Executive Horn”, and Victoria Wlue, a passenger riding in Justice Wright’s vehicle, died at the Phebe Hospital.
Gabriel Wilson was a traditional horn blower to the President. He was
recruited by the late President Samuel K. Doe in Maryland County in
the early 1980s.
Several others were injured. Four of the injured persons have been
treated and discharged.
Meanwhile, President Weah has conveyed his sympathies to families of
the bereaved and empathizes with the injured. The Liberian Leader
reiterates the government’s commitment to ensuring that all those
injured receive the best treatment possible. Press Release