The victim of the deadly accident that happened on Sunday morning in the Pangani tunnel on Thika Road, after ramming a concrete wall, has been identified as James Ogola, a mechanic at Fitmax garage.
According to Starehe sub-county Police Commander Fred Abuga, who confirmed his identity, he slammed into a wall at the intersection of Murang’a and Forest roads on the superhighway after losing control, where he attempted to escape the burning car but was unable and fell one meter from the car and died instantly.
Reports reaching Tonzi radio, Mr. Ogola was driving Joanne Muthoni’s Mercedes Benz S300, which she confirms wasn’t stolen because it had been picked up for repairs on Thursday and was to be brought back at a predetermined time.
“I can confirm that the vehicle has not been stolen, it was picked up on Thursday for repairs by my mechanic,” Ms. Muthoni said.
According to reports, the body was taken to City Mortuary where it was registered under the name “unknown male Adult” since the man’s extensive burns to his lower body and limbs, made it difficult to identify him using fingerprints.
“Due to the severity of the burns, it was impossible to collect the fingerprints. We were looking at every angle that would provide us with information about who he might have been,” Said Mr. Abuga.
Muthoni went on to say that she became aware of the incident after people began calling her, concerned about whether she was the one involved in the accident, and that she hasn’t left the house since learning of the news.
“I’ve received an incredible amount of affection, and I thank everyone who has attempted to contact me. My phone hasn’t stopped ringing, and I still have some missed calls that I haven’t returned. However, I am deeply saddened that he lost his life, and am in shock and have not been unable to leave the house since learning of the accident,” she added.