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Driver fined K400, 000 for causing death due to reckless driving

Written by  Prisca Chinguwo

Lilongwe, February 08, 2018: The Mkukula first grade magistrate court on Tuesday ordered 30 year old, Fredric Kamwana to pay a fine of K400, 000 or in default serve 12 months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for causing death due to reckless driving which is contrary to section 126 of the road traffic Act.

According to Kanengo police deputy spokesperson, Salome Zgambo Chibwana the court heard through the state prosecutor from Kanengo police, Peter Pilingu that on 27 January 2018, Kamwani was driving a motor vehicle registration number MC8233 from the direction of Area 18 heading to Area 25 along the Kamuzu Procession Road.

“On arrival at Salima turn off, he hit a motor cycle with a pillion passenger on board and later he swerved to the offside of the road where he collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle registration number KU2554 a Toyota Hilux,” said Chibwana.

She further said due to the impact, the pillion passenger died on the spot due to severe head injuries and multiple fractures while the motor cycle driver died while receiving treatment at Kamuzu Central hospital.

According to Chibwana the motor cycle was extensively damaged while the motor vehicle registration number MC8233 had its front part extensively damaged.

The driver pleaded guilty to the charges.

In his submission before sentence, Assistant superintendent, Peter Pilingu pleaded with the court to impose heavy fine as the families to the deceased have lost their loved ones.

Passing judgement, her worship first grade magistrate, Cecilia Onsewa concurred with the state. She therefore ordered Fredric to pay a fine of K400, 000 or in default serve a 12 months jail term whereby K300,000 will go to the bereaved families by sharing K150,000 each.

Fredric Kamwani hails from Kamanga village in Traditional Authority Simphasi in Mchinji and he has so far paid the fine.

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