MOURNING! 'Hit And Run' Driver Kills 1st Class Student
Sorrows and tears flowed freely following the sudden death of 20-year-old Deborah Ifejuwura Olajide.
While many undergraduates of her status tend to explore the pleasure of University Campus and stretch the cord of freedom from the shackles of parental control, Deborah Ifejuwura was a different breed entirely.
At 200 level, she was already a first-class candidate at the Department of Food Science Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
She had shown passion for hard work and tremendous respect for school regulations.
But in the early hours of Thursday April 12, 2018, tragedy struck.
According to a source, the driver of the vehicle, who was on top speed, rammed into the speed breaker mounted along FUTA junction and in the process of trying to avoid other speed breakers, knocked down the girl who was walking home from vigil.
Deborah's lifeless body was discovered by the roadside near the University along Ilesha-Akure expressway, leaving sorrows and tears in the hearts and faces of her colleagues and family.
Her death threw the university community into an inexplicable moment of mourning and wailing.
"We had an agreement to have a tutorial together to put me through a particular topic in one of our courses on Saturday when she would be less busy, so this is the end?" Biola Ogunlowo, one of her course mates at the university wailed profusely.
Adetola Shobanjo, a 300-level student of Microbiology department said the late student was a shining star whose life was an inspiration to others.
"Her death was painful", he concluded.
Confirming the incident, the Head of Protocol and Public Relations Unit of the institution, Adegbenro Adebanjo, described it as sad and unfortunate.
“The victim died as a result of injuries sustained when she was knocked down on the expressway by a vehicle,” he said.
Ondo state police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, said the police have commenced investigation on it and vowed to track down the perpetrator.
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