Early morning smash-up leaves one dead, others hospitalised

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An early morning accident on Sir Sydney Walling Highway has left 21-year-old Kiyodie “Unruly Dan” Osborne dead, and several other people injured, including a couple and their child.

According to the police, Osborne of Roman Hill died on the spot after being thrown from the car upon impact some time before 2:00 a.m. yesterday. The police said the vehicle was being driven by 21-year-old Annik Lawrence of Grays Farm

It appears that neither driver nor passengers were wearing seatbelts, and police sources said it is clear that the vehicle was travelling too fast.

According to sources close to the probe, the dead man was travelling in a Honda Fit R4067 which crashed shortly after turning from Lightfoot main road onto Sir Sydney Walling Highway. It first ran into a green Nissan Urvan C14001, hitting the rear right section, and then slammed into a Honda Accord A52140 before crashing into the concrete fence at a nearby property.

It is alleged that the driver had made a wide turn from Lightfoot main road to enter the highway and instead of driving on the left side, the vehicle was on the right side of the road. The bus driver who was reportedly coming from the opposite direction attempted to swerve to avoid a collision but the bus was hit at the rear. The Honda Fit then slammed head on into the oncoming Accord which had the couple and child in it.

Three of the five occupants of motor car R4037 were thrown from the vehicle; including the driver, Lawrence, along with the deceased Osborne and 19-year-old Cliffe Thomas of Johnsons. All the survivors were rushed to hospital complaining of pains about their bodies.

According to police sources, while they were investigating that accident, the driver of a Honda Civic came speeding along the road and crashed into a vehicle that was parked near the scene. This resulted in the parked vehicle being pushed into another one in front of it, triggering a four-vehicle pileup.

The driver of the car that allegedly caused the chain crash was taken to hospital and warned that he could be facing prosecution.

Many residents took to social media to urge drivers to be more cautious, while they lamented issues such as speeding and bad roads. Video footage of the aftermath of all the accidents showed the deceased lying face up on the road, while an injured female was seen lying on her back crying out in pain. Another female was sitting up, crying. A long stretch of skid marks could be seen along the road to the point where one of the vehicles crashed.

This latest death brings to three the total number of road fatalities so far for 2019. The extent of the injuries of the other people rushed to hospital was unknown up to late yesterday.

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