Kirinyaga Women representative’s nephew and race driver Robin Kiambuthi who died in the race accident over Easter had nicknamed his Mistubishi Colt ” little Speed Monster”
Kiambuthi, who is the son of prominent business man Patrick Njiru, the owner of Kenya Moja buses left their Runda home on Sunday, excited to participate in the race which was to end tragically.
The 21 year old was an engineering student at DT Dobie in Nairobi.
His red Colt had four occupants, three of whom died and one, is fighting for her life in hospital. The occupants were IT specialist Onesmus Mwange who has a car system business, a woman only identified as Linet and the unidentified third female occupant who survived and is in hospital.
According to witnesses, the accident occurred when a speeding racer rammed into Kiambuthi’s car as he made a sudden move to exiting off the road without warning.
This was at Ol Donyo Sambu, 25 kilometers to Arusha from the Namanga, Kenya Tanzania border. Reports indicate that between four and eight people died in the Sunday evening accident.
The racers were heading to Tanzania following an invitation by fellow racers. The event dubbed The Arusha Drive 3.0 had a poster advertising it as “Do not talk. Let the car do the talking for you”. They had planned to hold another event in Masinga towards the end of this month.
According to nation.co.ke, a race driver who took part in the race said they were about 30 Kenyans who had been invited by their Tanzania counterparts for a barbecue as well as racing
“We formed a WhatsApp group to ease our planning. We travelled in eight cars,” he said, adding that they normally do the goat-eating and drinking events in turns.
He explained to nation.co.ke that the racing event was yet to begin when the tragedy struck. Four cars from Kenya has already arrived at Ol Donyo Sambu ahead of the others and were on their way to the venue of the barbecue. Onesmus, the IT specialists was the group leader, and was leading the convoy driving Kiambuthi’s car.
Mourn her nephew
Yesterday, Kirinyaga Women representative Wangui Ngirici took to her Facebook account to mourn her nephew.
She posted: “The cruel hand of death has snatched my beloved nephew Robin who perished from the Arusha Namanga accident. Robin was a young man of virtue. I recall with nostalgia his passion for everything his mind set to do. He was a sociable bubbly gentleman who like any other young person had great dreams for his future. Rest in eternal peace my dear nephew. You will be fondly missed.”
In a tweet, National Police Service (NPS) clarified that only three Kenyans died on the accident.
“The National Police Service wishes to confirm that four Kenyans were involved in the fatal road accident involving two motor vehicles, that occurred yesterday in Arusha. One Lady and two men passed on while the fourth person escaped with injuries,” National Police Service Kenya tweeted.
“The next of kin of those who perished have already been informed and their bodies airlifted back to the country, while the survivor is in the process of being transfered home for Medication after stabilization by Tanzanian Medics.”
The National Police Service wishes
to confirm that four Kenyans were involved in the fatal road accident involving two motor vehicles, that occurred yesterday in Arusha. One Lady and two men passed on while the fourth person escaped with injuries. 1/2
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) April 22, 2019
Kenyans on Twitter also took the chance to warns drivers against speeding.
Eric Mwaura tweeted: “Someone tell these young people that speed kills.”
Others wanted the racers to be controlled as they endanger the lives of other road users.
@Farmer Maina tweeted: “These races occur even here in Nairobi @NPSOfficial_KE, I have seen many ask they be stopped as they are a risk to public safety. Southern bypass and Langata rd to mention a couple. Now even bike races have started, some even in residential areas. Please do something.”
@Joseph Kimani also said:” I normally drive my Old Station Wagon Toyota DX, KAW,at a steady pace of 70-80 KPH, and more often than not, TOYOTA Matatus christened Boxes, usually zoom by nearly at the speed of light ! Swoosh, swoosh.”