Woman, 65, dies in accident as police chase “trotro” driver without face mask

A 65-year-old woman has died after a commercial vehicle she boarded run into a truck after its driver was given a hot chase by the police for failing to wear a nose mask.

The incident occurred at about 3pm on Tuesday, May 19, on the Kenyasi/Abirem road in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region while the patrol team was enforcing Covid-19 directives including a mandatory wearing of nose masks.

The deceased has been identified as Abrefi Fremah. According to reports, the driver was ordered by the police to put on his mask. But in an attempt to outrun the police, the driver reportedly lost control of his steering wheel and rammed into a stationary truck on the shoulder of the road.

The survivors were taken to the Kenyasi Health Center for treatment. Fremah was referred to the Manhyia Government Hospital by the police patrol team after she reportedly fell unconscious.
“My mother felt unconscious after suffering neck injuries,” the deceased’s third son, Alfred Addai said.

“She was confirmed dead by medics when we arrived at the Manhyia Government Hospital”, he added.

According to relatives, the deceased was aboard the vehicle with her daughter, son-in-law and other passengers when the incident happened.

The driver and the other passengers who survived the crash have been hospitalized and receiving treatment.

The mangled vehicle with registration number AS 3792-19 has been towed to the Kenyasi Police station as police begin investigations into the matter.