The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has revealed more details about the death of Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi who died along with his wife, Blessing and son Joshua, in a car crash which occurred on March 6, 2016, along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
Below are 10 things you should know about the Ocholis’ deaths:
1. They died due to over-speeding by their driver, Taiwo Elegede, who had no valid licence at the time of the accident.
2. Failure to use seat belts decreased their chances of survival in the crash.
3. The minister and his son died on the spot, while his wife died at the hospital.
4. The driver of the crashed vehicle was moving at excess of the stipulated speed when he had a tyre burst.
5. The Dunlop tyres of the SUV were not expired but were wrongly fixed and could have affected its performance.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The DOT number of the tyres were inward which cannot easily be read from outside. This indicates that the orientations of the tyres were not properly fixed which could adversely affect the performance of the tyres.
10. The Federal Road Safety Corps Investigation Team (FIT) determined that the probable cause of the March 6, 2016 fatal crash at KM34 Kaduna -Abuja expressway near Rijana village, Kaduna State, was the driver’s failure to maintain directional control of his vehicle when the rear left tyre burst occurred.