By: EVERLYNE SIMIYU
The family of a 31-year-old single mother killed by a senator’s car Monday said they would not press any charges.
But they want Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale to visit them and condole with them.
Dr Khalwale was forced to flee from an angry mob after his car hit and killed Ms Mercy Chelimo at the Nabkoi junction on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway on Saturday morning.
Dr Khwalwale and his driver were travelling from Nairobi to Kakamega when their vehicle hit the woman who was standing by the road.
She died on the spot in the 8am accident.
At her mother’s home in Cheptiret Nariri village on Monday, her mother, Mrs Emily Kurgat, told the Nation that preparations were going on to bury her daughter but the family was still waiting for other relatives to arrive.
“Being a single mother of one, the deceased, who was working in one of the hotels, played a big role in feeding the rest of family and educate them as well,” said the mother of nine.
“I wonder how I’m going to educate her young daughter, who is 11 years old and attending a private school,” she added.
Mercy’s brother, Mr Kennedy Too, said the family just wants the senator to co-operate and visit the family as they prepare to bury their sister.
“We are not demanding him to pay us for the loss of our sister, but we feel he should be with us at this time of grief,” said Mr Too.
A witness, Ms Rose Barno, claimed that the driver of the senator’s vehicle lost control when turning into the junction, hitting the woman.
“The woman was standing by the road waiting for vehicles to pass before she could cross to the other side when the senator’s vehicle hit her,” said Ms Barno.
Immediately after the accident, Mr Khalwale got out of the car and surrendered to the angry crowd, but on sensing danger after the mob turned hostile, he ran back to his car and took off towards Lessos.
“The senator came out of his vehicle and raised his hands in the air, apologising, but when he noticed the mood of the crowd, he hurriedly went back into the vehicle and they took off immediately,” explained Ms Viola Lagat, another witness.
However, the senator was cornered at Chereber area, a few kilometres from the scene, by another crowd that had already been alerted to be on the lookout for his vehicle.
“Immediately they took off, one of the people in the crowd called somebody ahead to be on the lookout,” added Ms Lagat.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION