A lady, Omotomi Akinsanya, is battling for her life after being crushed by a Toyota 4Runner driven by a Lebanese, John Greg, on Sanusi Fafunwa Street, in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Greg was driving at top speed against traffic when he reportedly crushed Akinsanya against a wall.
After ramming into the victim, our correspondent learnt that Greg reversed his car and zoomed off from the incident scene in a bid to escape.
It was learnt that a good Samaritan, who witnessed the accident, boarded a motorcycle and chased Greg, who was apprehended and handed over to the police.
A Twitter user @wellzpapi, who wrote about the incident on Wednesday, demanded justice for the victim.
The user said Akinsanya, whose right leg was severely affected, was in a critical condition at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
The post read, “JUSTICE FOR OMO. I just wonder what made a white guy drive on a one way street at top speed in VI. He must think that he can get away with anything he does in Nigeria, or he can bribe anyone. This happened this morning.
Please share and let it go viral so that they don’t release this white driver from the Victoria Island Police Station. The man was driving on a one way road, against traffic and was on high speed around Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island. People had to run helter skelter for their lives.
“The driver then drove into Omotola (Akinsanya) and pushed her against the wall. The impact was so much that the plate number fell off. The driver did a hit and run; he absconded instead of waiting to care. A passerby took a bike and chased after him.
“He was caught, brought back and handed over to the police. Omotola (Akinsanya) is in critical condition at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. We seek justice for Omotola (Akinsanya) and this white man should not be released. #justiceforomotola.”
Pictures showing Akinsanya on oxygen on a hospital bed, and how the accident damaged her foot and knee were attached to the post.
Reacting to the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said Greg had been arrested, adding that Akinsanya’s family and the Embassy of Lebanon had been informed about the situation.
He said, “On May 4, 2022 around 7.45am, a middle-aged Lebanese, John Greg, drove a Toyota 4Runner recklessly and against traffic on Sanusi Fafunwa Road, thereby hitting one Omotomi Akinsanya which resulted in serious injuries to her leg.
“He sped off but was chased and arrested. The suspect is in our custody; vehicle impounded and in our station. The victim is undergoing treatment at LASUTH.”
In an updated post to inform the public about Akinsanya’s condition, another Twitter user, @homesnaging stated that she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of LASUTH, adding that she underwent surgery for seven hours.
“The doctors have not said if her leg was amputated or not as they have not spoken to her parents since after the surgery,” the post added.