On 15th January, I was driving home as usual with two colleagues that car pool with me.
When we reached the Parklands/Masari Junction from Taarifa Rf, I noticed the junction was gridlocked and waited despite the blaring horns behind me.
After a little while, the junction was clear enough and I was about to proceed when I heard the siren of an ambulance coming from behind.
I delayed my entrance onto the junction to allow the ambulance to pass through. Oncoming cars waited too.
As soon as the ambulance passed I started proceeding onto the junction. An overlapping taxi, in order to avoid being hit by oncoming tried to jump into my lane hitting my right side in that process
This occurred at 5.40pm while traffic was at its peak.
We both got out to assess the damage and I was quite irate at him. I went to the extent of asking him how stupid he was to overlap an endanger the life of others.
He did not apologise but pretended to want to settle. While I was taking his insurance details from the screen, he tried to drive off with me in front of his vehicle. I was being pushed onto the junction by his car and into oncoming traffic.
He purposely tried to run me over, injuring me slightly in the process.
I promptly reported the case at Parklands Police station at 6.00pm. I also posted a tweet and a facebook message with details of his vehicle reg, make and colour as well as a brief of the events. This included @overlapKE – a social platform for reporting traffic incidences and rogue drivers. I also posted a few pictures that witnesses had captured at the scene.
Via social media and helpful friends, the vehicle was soon sighted near Sarit Centre at 7.05pm and cornered by well-wisher.
A Traffic policeman on sight was also alerted by the well-wisher and the driver denied being in Parklands let alone involved with an accident. It was only when the pictures were shown that the policeman agreed that there is a case here and they proceeded to Parklands Police Station.
Upon my arrival and a witness the offender changed his story to hit and run only and denied trying to run me over.
Luckily some of the pictures taken by the witnesses included one of him trying to run me over.
He changed his story again saying that he had a dire emergency and was not thinking straight.
The Police requested us to have a talk first if we could reach an amicable solution between the offender and me. Up untill 10.00pm, I was adamant that I did not want to settle and wanted the driver booked for overlapping, absconding scene of accident and attempted grevious bodily harm.
The offender started pleading with the Police and me and even his wife turned up to plea for him. He was requesting to be forgiven on humanitarian grounds being a father of three, sole bread winner etc etc.
I stood my ground and refused to settle. I even told him and the police that the only reason this man was sorry was because he was caught.
The police asked if I wanted to reconsider one last time to which I refused. The offender was locked up in the cell at the station at 10.20pm.
Based on the above and your experience and understanding of the Kenya Police, I would appreciate your views:
1. Do you think I was in the right to be adamant to have him booked?
2. What do you think would have happened if the scenario was in reverse?
3. Do you believe the Police is getting it’s act together or this is a one-off incidence because we had adequate evidence to support the case?
4. If Social Media could apprehend a criminal in so short a time, isn’t it high time the Police force got a little ‘teched up’ and used technology to their advantage?