Patrick Macharia

Matatu driver suspected of killing Deputy IG’s daughter charged.

A matatu driver suspected of killing Deputy IG’s daughter has been charged and released on bail Sh 300,000 cash bail at Milimani law courts.

Patrick Macharia appeared before Milimani law courts magistrate Martha Nanzushi and denied the charges.

He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving against the law at Milimani law courts.

The court heard that on June 17, 2021 around Tom Mboya and maragua lane junction, being a driver of motor vehicle Isuzu Minibus drove the said motor vehicle in a dangerous manner.

He is accused of reversing the vehicle causing the death of pedestrian Meline Waithera.

 Macharia had been detained by senior resident magistrate Esther Kimilu at Central police station after a successful application by the cops.

In an affidavit, Constable Peter Ndirangu said the suspect was arrested on June 17. Macharia is accused of killing Nelly Waithera, 25, daughter of DIG Edward Mbugua.

Ndirangu said at the time, Macharia was driving a minibus operated by KMO Sacco at the junction of Tom Mboya Street and Murang’a lane.

“The suspect reversed the motor vehicle dangerously without due care to other road users and sandwiched a pedestrian namely Nelly Waithera between another motor vehicle,” the officer told the court.

He said Waithera sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital, where she succumbed.

Ndirangu added that Macharia, on realizing his mistake, abandoned the minibus at the scene and fled to evade arrest.

He was traced and arrested along University Way and detained at Central police station.

“The suspect’s action of escaping from the scene is a clear indication that he had no intention of reporting the accident or presenting himself to any police station or police officer,” the affidavit reads.

Waithera’s body was taken to the Kenyatta University Funeral Home for preservation and postmortem.

He was released on SAh 600,000 bond.

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