Unlicensed Driver Killed Ocholi, Wife, Son

Unlicensed Driver Killed Ocholi, Wife, Son
March 09 15:19 2016 Print This Article

Recent revelation revealed that the driver of the crashed vehicle that killed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, late Barrister James Ocholi SAN, his wife and son was actually moving at excess of the stipulated speed when he had a tyre burst apart from the fact that the minister’s driver was unlicensed.


The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi who disclosed this said the late James Ocholi died as a result of over speeding.


According to him, Ocholi’s driver had no drivers license as his name was not found on the data base of FRSC.


“There was no record on the driver’s licence national data base of the driver of the Hon. Minister with the name Taiwo James Elegbede,” The Corps Marshal explained.
Oyeyemi was presenting the accident’s Road Traffic Crash Investigation Interim Report to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday at the meeting of the body at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The crashed vehicle driver was driving too fast and he slammed on his brake so hard. These two factors materially contributed to the inability of the driver to maintain control when the left rear tyre burst.


“Skid marks and grooves found on the westbound shoulder made by the Lexus LX570 for about 15m and 9.3m respectively before it began somersaulting severely and the ejection of the minister and his son showed clearly that the travelling speed of the Lexus LX570 presented unsafe consequences in the event of certain road risk that may have occurred.


“The driver must have entered into a panic situation which resulted to his hard application of brakes and subsequent loss of control that took him into the bush part.


“The DOT number of the tyres were inward which cannot easily be read from outside. This indicate that the orientations of the tyres were not properly fixed which could adversely affect the performance of the tyres.


“The Federal Road Safety Corps Investigation Team (FIT) determines that the probable cause of the March 6, 2016 fatal crash at KM34 Kaduna -Abuja expressway near Rijana village Kaduna state was the driver’s failure to maintain directional control of his vehicle when the rear left tyre burst occurred.


“Severity of the fatality was increased due to the ejection of the minister and his son as a result of non use of rear seat belt.

“The ejection of the Minister and his son occupied the rear seat confirmed the fact that their rear seat belt were not in use and on the contrary, the driver and the orderly survived because the front seats belt were in use.”

The corps recommended among other things for “the certification and re-certification of convoy drivers at intervals of two years of issuance of convoy driver’s licence”


Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, and some selected ministers paid glowing tributes to their fallen colleagues just as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal said Ocholi’s burial may hold between 16th and 18th of March, 2016.


Members of FEC led by President Buhari are expected to visit the family of the late minister after the meeting.


It would be recalled Ocholi died Sunday afternoon in a car accident with his wife and son along Kaduna-Abuja road.

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