(Benin City-Nigeria) – A mother has died in a car accident as police officers were reportedly chasing an alleged internet fraudster, “Yahoo boy” in Benin.
The accident occurred along Airport Road, Benin City, Edo State, on Friday 21st August.
The deceased identified as Mrs Grace Obajay, 29, was in an Uber with her one-year five months old baby, when a car rammed into them, flinging the baby out of the car, knocking the mother out, and also leaving the driver with injuries.
It was reported by Vanguard, that the car that rammed into them was driven by a suspected internet fraudster, who was being chased by police.
The deceased was said to be a Secretary with Floret Systems. She had ordered the Uber after work that day.
it was also learnt that she was supposed to be celebrating her second year wedding anniversary in two months time.
Obajay was left bleeding from the mouth and nose and was unconscious following the accident.
Her one-year old son, who had been flung out of the window due to the impact of the crash, was severely injured left crying.
The Uber driver identified as Precious John, was also severely injured and immediately called his elder brother for help.
The elder brother of the Uber driver stated:
“I got a call from my brother at about 11 am. All he could mutter was ‘ come quickly, I’m dying, I can’t breathe, my chest, accident, airport road…, and the call ended. I tried reaching back to him but could not get him.
“I was accompanied to the scene by one of my comrades, Godwin Esosa, where I saw my brother’s car stained with blood and fuel was dripping from its engine but there was no sight of him.
“We gathered from eyewitnesses that a team of policemen in a carton colour Audi car was chasing a suspected yahoo boy in a Toyota Camry 2012 model. In his bid to escape from the police, he ran into my brother’s car which was just entering airport road from Saint Paul. The policemen never made an attempt to save them. Rather, they abandoned them to fate.
“A Reverend father rushed the baby to Saint Philomena hospital for immediate attention, while my brother and mother of the baby were rushed to Faith Mediplex hospital for immediate medical attention. The yahoo suspect was rushed to the police clinic for treatment.
“At Faith Mediplex, the female passenger later identified as Mrs Grace Frank Obajay was referred to UBTH on oxygen. She was there until yesterday (Tuesday, August 25) when she died.
The husband of the deceased, Frank Obajay, said that the incident had shattered him beyond expression.
He said that their baby had a fracture on his left leg, and that a surgery had been done on the leg.
He added that the Police were aware of the accident right from the first day, and that some policemen from Federal Operation had paid him a condolence visit.
The identities of the policemen who were reportedly chasing the suspected internet fraudsters were yet to be disclosed by the Edo State Police Command.