One dies, two seriously injured in Dowa road accident

By Sarah Mlozoa

One person has died while two others have sustained serious injuries in a hit and run road accident in Dowa.

Dowa police spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha told YFM that the incident involving unknown motor vehicle and a motorcycle ridden by Edward Maxwell, occurred on Wednesday along Salima-Lilongwe road.

The deceased has been identified as Catherine Godfrey while two other casualties have been identified as Edward Maxwell and Pelesita Shawa, both from Chiphadzi Village in Traditional Authority Khombedza in Salima District.

“Traffic Police report indicates that, the motorcycle was being ridden from the direction of Mvera heading Salima with two pillion passengers on board.”

“Upon reaching at a certain point near the house of Joe Dawe, the motorcycle was hit from behind by unknown motor vehicle which was also heading towards the same direction driven by unknown driver and the motor vehicle sped off,” he said.

Due to the impact, the rider of the motorcycle Edward Maxwell sustained fractures on the left leg and arm while the two pillion passengers Pelesita Shawa and Catherine Godfrey sustained serious injuries and Catherine Godfrey was pronounced dead upon arrival at Dowa District Hospital.

Maxwell and Shawa are currently admitted at Dowa District Hospital.

Police have launched a manhunt to trace the motor vehicle and the driver and if arrested, he will answer a charge of causing death by reckless driving and failing to render assistance in a road accident.

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