Hit-and-run driver grabbed

•    Grandmother with the children.

• Grandmother with the children.

The driver who allegedly knocked down a 75-year-old woman and her two grandchildren on the Teshie-Nungua road, has been arrested by the police in Accra.

Patrick Laryea, 35, was smoked out of his hide-out on Sunday evening upon police intelligence reports.

The Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Effia Tenge, told the media in Accra yesterday that the suspect was in the custody of the police assisting investigations.

She said the vehicle had also been impounded and placed at the Kpeshie Divisional Command.

Information reaching The Ghanaian Times indicated that after the incident, Laryea drove the vehicle to a petrol filling station, packed it and fled.

Earlier in the morning, the Regional Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr. George Dampare led a delegation to visit the bereaved family at the Southern Military/High Command, Teshie, to console them.

COP Dampare said it was sad for one to lose a mother and children on the same day, and informed the family of the arrest of the driver and assured that everything would be done to ensure justice.

The spokesperson for the family, Nana Osei, commended the police for the visit.

The Ghanaian Times yesterday, reported that the police had mounted a hunt for the driver of a Blue 207 Benz Bus who knocked and killed a woman and her two grandchildren on the Teshie-Nungua road in Accra, on Saturday night.

Madam Adjoa Odey, 75, and her grandchildren, Jessica Owusu, 10, and Jacklyn Owusu, 8, died on the spot.

They had alighted from a taxi and were attempting to cross the road when the vehicle crashed into them

They were said to have returned from their maternal grandfather’s funeral at Kordiabe, near Afienya.

The father of children is Staff Sergeant Owusu Sekyere at the Southern Command.

ASP Tenge who confirmed the tragedy to The Ghanaian Times in Accra on Sunday, said the incident occurred at about 8 p.m. near the Goil Filling Station at Teshie.

She said when the police had the information, they proceeded to the scene and took the bodies to the Police Hospital mortuary for autopsy.

She said information available indicated that the bus had picked passengers from Teshie and was moving towards Accra when the accident occurred, but the driver sped off with the passengers on board.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi    

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