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How a senior police officer died days after wedding

By Nyaboga Kiage September 17th, 2023 2 min read

A senior police officer recently exchanged vows with his wife in an elaborate ceremony. A week later, he was not more.

Mr John Otieno Opiyo, a Senior Superintendent of Police attached to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU) in Trans Nzoia County, died in a tragic road accident in Homa Bay.

The accident occurred on September 15, 2023, in Homa Bay county, days after he had exchanged vows with his better half at the Miranga Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church.

Police say Mr Opiyo, 55, was driving alone inside a Toyota G Touring vehicle when it collided with a Public Service Vehicle (PSV), which is commonly referred to as a matatu, which was being driven by one Mr Nehemiah Okech Orore.

“It occurred the driver of the matatu was heading towards Sori from Ndhiwa and on reaching at the scene of the accident, it abruptly changed lane and hit the said oncoming Toyota G touring head-on,” the police reports reads in part.

The accident also left seven passengers, including a minor, injured. They sustained injuries on the head, chest, and cut limbs.

The driver of the PSV is admitted at Sori Lakeside Hospital in critical condition.

Police say the other victims who were in the matatu were rushed to health facilities for treatment.

Police attached to the Traffic Department went to the scene, recorded statements from witnesses, processed the scene, and towed the two vehicles to Ndhiwa Police Station’s yard.

“The scene was visited and the vehicles taken to the station’s yard, where they were detained with extensive damages. The body of the deceased was taken to Kirindo Hospital Morgue awaiting postmortem,” the report further read.

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