Driver jailed 4 years for crashing 2 to death

The Asante Bekwai Circuit Court has sentenced a driver to four years imprisonment for crashing two people to death.

Jerry Kofi Blankson, also caused injuries to Rosemond Danso, 32, and Jesuslina Asiamah, seven years.

He admitted driving without license but denied driving dangerously, which led to the death of Cecilia Arthur, 65, and Emmanuel Sarkodie, three years.

Police Chief Inspector David Amofah told the court presided over by Mr Mark Tairimah Diboro that Blankson, now 43, worked in a small scale industry and physically challenged.

He said Blankson did not have a driver’s licence and on March 14, 2021 he was driving a Toyota Camry saloon car which is not modified to suit his handicap. 

Prosecution said from Kokofu, Blankson was driving towards Adansi-Asokwa and on reaching Bekwai-Zongo opposite the Police barracks whilst negotiating a sharp curve, he lost control of the steering wheel and the vehicle veered off its lane and rammed into two metal container stores. 

Chief Insp Amofah said four persons in one of the store sustained injuries and were rushed to Bekwai Municipal hospital for treatment where Emmanuel Sarkodie died shortly on arrival. 

He said Rosemond Danso,  32, was admitted whereas victims Jesuslina Asiamah Yeboah, 7, and Cecilia Arthur, 65, were referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi for further treatment but Cecilia Arthur died whilst on admission.

The Court heard that the vehicle was road worthy prior to the accident and  that the insurance policy on the vehicle in respect of third party risk was valid.

 But since Blankson was unlicensed driver, the accident victims could not benefit any insurance claims, the prosecution told the court. 

Chief Insp Amofah said in the course of investigations, police medical report forms were issued to victims, Rosemond Danso and Jesuslina Asiamah Yeboah, which had been duly endorsed by the medical officer. 

He said a duplicate docket was prepared and forwarded to Attorney General’s (A-G) Office for study and advice. 

He said upon the advice from AG’s office, Blankson was charged with the offences. -GNA

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