Reckless driver runs over and kills newly-wed police officer

General News of Saturday, 27 October 2018



Emmanuel Nii Odartey Lamptey

A motorist driving past normal speed limits ran over and killed Constable Emmanuel Nii Odartey Lamptey, a recently married police officer who was expecting his first child.

Last week, Lamptey and other officers were performing check duties at the Afienya Snap location near Akosombo. At approximately 7:30pm, a Toyota Land Cruiser, driven by suspect Benjamin Abash, accelerated and knocked over Lamptey whose body was dragged underneath the vehicle until it crashed into a barrier, then collided into an oncoming Toyota Tundra.

Lamptey sustained life-threatening injuries. He was rushed to Tema General Hospital but died shortly after. Abash was apprehended and detained. It is unclear what charges he will face.

Yesterday, Director General of Welfare Akuffo Dampare visited Lamptey’s family to pay his final respects.

Lamptey leaves behind a wife, who he married six months ago, and a baby girl, who was born days after her father died.

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