The driver of the ill-fated vehicle that killed Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru (pictured above) , yesterday recounted how the horror crash unfolded.
Samuel Kinyanjui, who is still nursing minor injuries at the Nairobi Hospital, spoke to SDE from Nairobi Hospital.
He painted a vivid picture of the last moments of Dr Gakuru, recalling how the Governor sat in the car bleeding for over 40 minutes as they waited for aid.
Seconds before the car rammed into the guard rail, Mr Kinyanjui recalled the governor gasping “God“, but his cry was drowned by the screeching tyres and sounds of the colliding impact.
The driver watched helplessly as the governor, who was trapped in the wreckage, groaned in pain seeking assistance.
They had started the journey at around 5.30am and reached Kabati about an hour later.
“We were late but the governor told me not to speed because it was raining and the road was slippery. I was driving around a speed of between 105 and 110 kilometres per hour,” he said.
All hell broke loose when one of the rear tyres burst.
“…but as I slowed down and was steering the vehicle to the side, I realised that a lorry which was behind me was approaching at a high speed. I had to swerve suddenly to avoid the lorry which was trying to overtake me,” he recollected.
He explained that he deliberately decided to ram into the guard rail.
As they were avoiding the lorry, he recounted, their car hit the highway guard rail and upon the impact his airbag deployed, blocking his view and rammed his foot on the accelerator pedal.
At that point the governor shouted “God!”
All this time, the injured governor was still stuck and was groaning in pain and crying for help.
“The seat was stuck, we tried even breaking the window so we could get him out but we were only able to do that when a lorry stopped and gave us a rope that we used to tie to the seat and rip it off,” the driver recalled.
A postmortem report showed that the deceased governor died from excessive bleeding.
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