……..2 persons died—Osun CP By Gbenga Olarinoye, Osogbo There was tragedy,Monday, in the ancient town of Ede on Monday evening when a driver allegedly crushed no fewer than five persons crushed to death in Ede few kilometer to Osogbo the Osun state capital by a driver while he was being chased by some soldiers. It was gathered that the incident which occurred along Orita Oki area of the town caused apprehension as many scampered to safety to avoid being caught up by the impact of the auto crash.
Though, eyewitness at the scene gave different accounts of what led to the accident, one of the residents in the neighbhourhood informed our correspondent that the driver of a Toyota Camry car was on top speed when he crushed three persons on a commercial motorcycle and another lady, who just finished writing her post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) test. It was further learnt that the young lady, an indigene of Ede whose identity could not be immediately ascertained as of the time of filing this report was said to be coming from the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, where she sat for the post UTME test when she was allegedly crushed by the driver of the car.
One of the residents of Orita Oloki, who pleaded anonymity hinted that “the driver, who is an HND 11 student in the Department of Building Technology at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede had before crushing four persons knocked down a woman in purdah around Olowobida area. According to him, “three male students and one female students were in the car. But, instead of the driver to wait when he hit the woman, he speed off while being chased by some soldiers.
“He could not control his speed by the time he got to Orita Oloki sharp bend where he crushed the lady and three persons on Okada”. He stated further that “all the three persons on the commercial motorcycle died on the spot, while the cyclist who was rushed to an undisclosed hospital died later.
Irked by development, some irate youths and students it was gathered later attacked the driver and lynched him while the three other occupants of the car managed to escape from the scene. Another eyewitness told our correspondent that the lynched driver, suspected to be drunk by the time he crushed the victims at Orita Oloki and the smell of alcohol from his body infuriated the irate youths, who attacked him by smashing his head with planks and other dangerous items. When contacted, the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye confirmed the incident, but said only two persons died in the crash, adding that one person was crushed by the driver, who was lynched by some irate individuals. But, the Osun State sector commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Peter Oki said three persons died in the accident.