Nkhata Bay Police say they are overwhelmed with frequent road accidents following the recording of 28 accidents since January 2018 describing 14 out of those accidents as fatal.
Nkhata Bay Police Station spokesperson Kondwani James said most of the accidents are due to pedestrians’ carelessness and drunkenness while others result from reckless driving.
James said this in an interview on Tuesday, following the death of Goodwill Banda, 39, who died on Sunday after he was hit by a motor vehicle at Kachere Trading Centre along Chintheche – Dwangwa Road in the district.
He said the deceased was hit by a vehicle registration LA 5201 driven by Lameck Khonde, 43, as he was running to cross the road.
“The vehicle was heading to Dwangwa from Chintheche and the driver tried to control the vehicle to avoid hitting Banda, but it did not work,” said the police spokesperson.
“Banda was taken to Kachere Health Centre where he was referred to Nkhata Bay District Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival due to excessive loss of blood,” said James.
The deceased came from Mphongolo Village in Traditional Authority Fukamapiri in Nkhata Bay.
Comparatively, there were 18 accidents (10 fatal ones) recorded in the same period last year.
The police have since appealed to road users to ensure that they follow traffic rules to prevent accidents