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Traffic police officer in hospital after being knocked by speeding motorist

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By Antony Gitonga | July 11th 2014

NAIVASHA, KENYA: A senior police officer is fighting for his life in Naivasha sub-county hospital after he was knocked down by a speeding motorist along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

The inspector who is also the deputy traffic boss in Naivasha was hit by the motorist near the Naivasha-Nakuru junction during a crackdown on speeding motorists.

Incidentally, the driver of the speeding car was ferrying three illegal aliens and was avoiding arrest when the accident occurred on Friday morning.

The officer who was bleeding profusely from the head and complaining of back pain was rushed to the hospital for treatment with doctors terming his condition as serious but stable.

This came as police moved in to arrest the speeding driver who was heading to Nakuru from Nairobi when the accident occurred.

According to a witness, a junior traffic police officer had stopped the personal car after it emerged that it was speeding.

"The driver who had three passengers stopped briefly but sped off in the process hitting the senior officer who was on the highway," said the witness.

He added that police officers on the scene made a call to the colleagues in Gilgil who laid a roadblock where the fleeing driver and his passengers were arrested.

Naivasha deputy OCPD Agnes Amojong confirmed the incident saying that the officer was injured on the head and back.
She said that the suspect was arrested 20kms from the scene of crime and driven back to Naivasha police station.

During the operation, it emerged that the suspect was carrying two women and a man from the Somali origin who were in the country illegally.

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