A court in Kasungu district has fined a 45 year-old driver K200,000 for hitting and killing a pedestrian.
The driver, Peace Katemetcha, has been ordered to pay a fine of K200,000 or in default to serve a jail term of 18 months after being found guilty of causing an accident that led to the death of Harry Pitawekha.
Confirming the development, Deputy Public Relations Officer Harry Namwaza said Katemetcha was answering the traffic offence of causing death by negligent driving.
Namwaza said the convict was driving a vehicle registration number BM5041 from Kasungu heading to Mzuzu.
“Upon arrival at Bowa station warehouse near Mpombwa Trading centre in Kasungu due to overspeeding he hit the pedestrian who was walking at the right hand side of the road,” he said.
The victim died on the spot due to head injuries and multiple fractures on his body.
In court, state prosecutor Jennings Mkandawire said the habit of overspeeding need to attract stern punishments since it is contributing to the increase of road accidents.
When passing the judgement, Kasungu first grade magistrate Damiano Banda commented that drivers have a duty to protect the lives of other road users.
Banda therefore sentenced Katemetcha to pay a K200,000 fine or in default to serve an 18-month jail term. He also ordered the driver to pay K120,000 as compensation to the deceased family.
Peace Katemetcha comes from Yofu village, Traditional Authority Mkumba in Likoma district.