Four Students from Ndejje SSS on mile 19 Bombo-Ndejje Road in Luwero perished in a car accident on Bombo road yesterday. The senior four vacists, who looked excited in a video clip they had recorded along the way, were going to the school to pick their senior four results that UNEB had just released.
Grief and shock engulfed the country after news of the incidence started making rounds on social media a few hours later as three of the students who were driving a Toyota Brevis UAR 860W were reported dead(on spot).
Police later confirmed the fourth student also passed away in hospital after first being taken to Bombo Military hospital in critical condition after their that was being driven by one of them, rammed into a stationery tipper truck Reg. No.UAY946F which was loading bricks by the roadside.
The students were identified as Male Vincent, Ndugwa Cedric, Sewajje Isaac and Timothy Njogera who were residents of Kawanda village in Wakiso District.
Police confirmed the incident just after 19 miles at Bajjo village on Kampala-Gulu high way, where three died on the spot, and the fourth was Timothy Njogera taken to nearby Bombo Military Hospital before being transferred to Mulago Hospital.
A Toyota Brevis, silver grey in colour carrying 4 students of Ndejje s.s rammed into a tipper lorry that was parked on the road side buying bricks at 11:00am, on mile 19 Bombo, Luwero district. 3 students died on the spot and 1 rushed to Bombo military hospital.
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Mr. Charles Ssebambulidde, the Public Relations Officer at the Traffic Directorate in Kampala said;
“The three students died on the spot while their colleague identified as Timothy Njogera was taken to Bombo military Hospital in critical condition. The preliminary traffic investigation report points to speeding,”
Debate has since shifted to whether the boys believed to be between 15-17 years qualified to drive and also how they got the car. However, close family sources to the boy Male Vincent who was driving intimate that, he took his mother’s car without her permission and after they fuelled it first had a stop-over at Garden City to buy some bites.
It is also reported that his mother was also travelling along the same road that time. However, we could not confirm this by press time.
Several people had come on social media blaming the parents for allowing such young teenagers who were below the minimum age for the license to drive on their own, moreover on a dangerous highway like Bombo Road. The video clip showed the youngsters were playing music and dancing in the car which could have distracted Male behind the wheels.