A truck driver killed an unidentified motor boy by running over him near Sunrise on the Oshodi – Apapa Expressway.
According to PUNCH Newspaper, the accident happened around 2:30 pm on Sunday. The report also said that the motor boy was sleeping under his truck when the driver tried to join other trucks going to Tin Can Port Gate, Apapa.
The Public Relations Officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofiq, told the Punch that the driver of the container truck with plate number T-1360LA did not notice the motor boy under his truck when he moved with other heavy trucks toward Tin Can Port Gate, Apapa.
He said that the driver escaped from the scene after the incident and the motor boy died at a nearby hospital.
Taofiq said that LASTMA officials led by Traffic Officer Adams Lateef Zebra Zone 13 Apapa chased and caught the driver and handed him over to the police from the Trinity Police Division in Apapa.
In Taofiq’s words, “A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the fully loaded containerised truck (T_1360LA) unknowingly crushed a motor boy who was sleeping under his truck while the driver was trying to move along with other loaded trucks going inward Tin Can Port Gate, Apapa.
“Immediately the unfortunate incident happened and the motor boy was confirmed dead after rushing him to a nearby hospital, the truck driver took to his heels but was immediately apprehended by LASTMA officials led by Traffic Officer Adams Lateef ‘Zebra’ (Zone 13) Apapa.
“The truck driver was later handed over by LASTMA Officials to Policemen from the Trinity Police Division area of Apapa for further investigation.”
The acting General Manager of LASTMA, Bakare Oki, advised truck drivers to check their trucks for anything underneath before starting a trip.
”The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bakare Oki appealed to drivers to always ensure they always check around their trucks to ascertain nothing was found before embarking on any movement,” Mr Oki said.
“While sympathising with the deceased’s family, Mr. Bakare Oki sent his condolences.”