Chai! We hear that findings from an investigation by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has discovered that Taiwo Elegede, the driver of ill fated SUV in which the late Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi had no drivers licence. This was revealed alongside the discovery that he was over speeding as well.
The road safety agency also said apart from the driver’s high speed, failure to use seat belts by the deceased minister and his family members decreased their chances of survival in the crash.
He added that by theory, the occupants of the front seats received less injuries because they made use of their seat belts.
Mr. Ocholi died alongside his wife and son, on Sunday in an auto crash along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
The investigation report was read on Wednesday by the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council in honour of the late Ocholi at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“There were 10 persons involved in the accident and 9 were adults. The minister and his son died on the spot, while his wife died at the hospital. The driver of the crashed vehicle was moving at excess of the stipulated speed when he had a tyre burst.
“The investigation team gathered that the driver of the backup vehicle had noticed that the minister’s vehicle rear left tyre was under-inflated, and availability of radio communication deprived him of access to the minister’s driver,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.
According to Mr. Oyeyemi, further checks showed that the driver’s details were not registered on the FRSC data base as a licensed driver.
“There was no record on the driver’s licence national database of the driver of the Hon. Minister with the name Taiwo James Elegbede,” he said.
“The Dunlop tyres of the SUV were not expired but were wrongly fixed and could have affected its performance.
“The situation would have been salvaged if there had been a mode of communication between the minister’s car and the backup car, as the latter had noticed the state of the tyres and tried to stop them.
“The crashed vehicle’s driver was driving too fast and he slammed on his brake so hard. These two factors materially contributed to the inability of the driver to maintain control when the left rear tyre burst.
“Skid marks and grooves found on the westbound shoulder made by the Lexus LX570 for about 15m and 9.3m respectively before it began somersaulting severely and the ejection of the minister and his son showed clearly that the travelling speed of the Lexus LX570 presented unsafe consequences in the event of certain road risk that may have occurred.