Motorists Puzzled After Woman's Body is Discovered on Eastern Bypass

Nairobi Eastern Bypass was revamped to includes five new major vehicular crossings and six-lane dual carriageways
Nairobi Eastern Bypass was revamped to include five new major vehicular crossings and six-lane dual carriageways
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KeNHA

Motorists plying the Eastern Bypass woke up to a tragic incident on Thursday morning, discovering the lifeless body of a woman who had been struck by a speeding lorry near Maziwa Road.

According to reports, the accident occurred a few minutes before 7 am, but no one attended to the removal of her body from the road, leading to disruptions in traffic flow.

As her motionless form lay on the road, her belongings were strewn about due to the impact of the accident. Despite the unfolding tragedy, bystanders refrained from approaching the scene, choosing to observe from a distance.

Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke afterwards, an eyewitness revealed that the deceased's body was eventually transported to a local hospital.

A section of the Eastern Bypass
A section of the Eastern Bypass
PSCU

The eyewitness further revealed that following the accident, the driver of the lorry fled the scene leaving the lady on the road. By the time of publishing this article, it was yet to be established whether police officers had launched a manhunt for the driver.

Meanwhile, motorists plying the route were seen trying to maneuver away from the body seemingly to rush to their places of work.

On the other hand, riders on motorbikes threw glances at the body before proceeding with their journey as locals gathered at the scene.

The motorists' actions left a section of Kenyans astonished at how fast some of the vehicles were passing the lady without offering any help to rush her to the hospital.

Following the accident concerned individuals called upon the relevant authorities to erect a footbridge near the area to avoid hit-and-run accidents that have become rampant in the area. 

Others suggested that the road should be revamped and enough street lights installed to allow motorists to spot potential danger in good time. 

Data from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows that 3,609 people lost their lives to road accidents in 2023.

Despite this being a drop from 3,936 fatalities recorded within the same period in 2022, NTSA urged motorists to exercise caution while cruising on the road.

A photo of NTSA and police officers conducting an operation in Nairobi County.
A photo of NTSA and police officers conducting an operation in Nairobi County on March 20, 2023.
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NTSA
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