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“Tell them to help me,” says Lira woman whose foot was amputated following Good Friday road crash

(Last Updated On: 12 April 2023)

Lira, April 11, 2023: In her desire to follow Jesus Christ and remember Him for the sacrifices before He was crucified, a parishioner in Lira City’s West Division had to sacrifice ‘her right foot’ during the Way of the Cross on Friday, April 7.

Lucy Ekit, 30, saw her foot smashed beyond repair by a Fuso truck that was carrying the public address system used in the ecumenical event.

According to Tonny Oola, an eyewitness, she was in the process of retrieving her sandal when a Fuso truck (registration number UBG 583E) landed on her foot, crushing it completely.

Oola who became one of the first responders took Ekit immediately to Lira Regional Referral Hospital for medical attention. Unfortunately, on Friday, her foot was amputated.

Addressing the press on Saturday, the North Kyoga Regional PRO, SP Patrick Jimmy Okema said investigations into the road crash that happened at Odokomit roundabout along the Lira-Kamdini highway had commenced.

Okema, however, said the driver was “unidentified”.

Ekit speaks

On Tuesday, April 11, TND News Isabella Awor Olong visited Lucy at the hospital where she’s still getting treatment.  Admitted to the female surgical ward, she says, “I’m recovering but still having a lot of pain.”

A member of the Ngurapuc clan, she applauded well-wishers for their support. “I’m surviving on well-wishers’ support. Tell them to help me,” she told the publication to send her message of request.

According to her, sometimes she has to buy medicines from out, a reason she tells why she is appealing for more support.

“Without discipline, one cannot be a follower of Christ and the world is being called to be disciplined so that we can respect each other and that is what is called human rights,” the Bishop of Lira Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev. Sanctus Lino Wanok was unhappy about the incident on Friday.

Our City still needs discipline,” he added.

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Easter period road crash report

Addressing a press conference in Kampala on Tuesday 11, 2023, the PRO of Traffic and Road Safety, ASP Faridah Nampiima said during the Easter period, a total of 76 road crashes occurred. “28 were fatal, 40 were serious and 8 were minor.”

There were 113 victims during the same period, out of which 37 people died and 76 sustained serious injuries.

“All the crashes that occurred during Easter season have a different cause: we have careless overtaking where we registered 4 fatal crashes, 8 were serious and 2 minor, making a total of 14 crashes,” said Nampiima.

North Kyoga Region

North Kyoga Regional Traffic Officer Mathias Okwir told TND News on Wednesday that out of the figures released by Nampiima on Tuesday, the region recorded 11 crashes during Easter period. 8 crashes, he said were serious, adding that 10 injured and 3 vehicles were damaged.

According to Okwir, the region took serious road traffic measures, revealing that “every place had traffic police officers.”

“Where there are many people they (people) always try to relax and become reluctant for their life, that’s why the vehicle stepped on her (Lucy Ekit) foot. Once you see crowd and vehicle are many, why don’t you leave the place and stand aside,” said Okwir during the same interview.

Regarding Easter crashes, he revealed reckless driving as a main cause. “During Easter no vehicle was impounded and no person apprehended as we (Police) were doing check up on the vehicles.”

One thought on ““Tell them to help me,” says Lira woman whose foot was amputated following Good Friday road crash

  1. What a darkest heart this is! Imagine leaving someone in pain and helpless later you continue driving thinking you have knocked a dog yet a fellow human being like you. God have mercy and renew our hearts for the greater glory of your holy name.

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