Taxi driver overturns killing a passenger while fleeing from Police presence


A KABWE taxi driver who sped off upon seeing a police motor vehicle even when he was not being pursued and overturned, killing one passenger in the process has escaped incarceration after the court imposed a fine and suspended his licence for two years.
This is in a case in which Moses Mwiinga was facing one count of causing death by dangerous driving and is alleged to have caused the death of Miriam Kasonde Chilekwa on March 15, 2013, while driving a Toyota Carina registration number ACT 8552.
Kabwe High Court Judge Elita Mwikisa convicted Mwiinga after he pleaded guilty.
Facts before the court were that on the material day, Mwiinga saw a police vehicle behind him and immediately sped off even when police were not following him.
Senior State advocate Chali Hambayi told the court that due to the high speed the accused was driving at, he lost control and veered off the road and went to hit  into a concrete pillar on the opposite side of the road.
She said the deceased sustained grave injuries as she was trapped in the vehicle but Mwiinga managed to extricate himself.
He then fled from the scene leaving the public to remove the passenger and rush her to Kabwe Mine Hospital where she died.
In passing sentence, Judge Mwikisa said his actions were uncalled for and caused the loss of a life.
“This time around I am going to fine you K5,000 to be  paid before September 26, 2013 and I am suspending your licence to protect lives from people like you,” she said.