An officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Kehinde Sonaike, has been knocked off the Third Mainland Bridge, into the lagoon by an over speeding driver.
The incident happened around 11 am on Thursday in Lagos, after which the driver, sensing the gravity of his action, ran away with his vehicle.
According to a witness, Sonaike was assisting a motorist, whose sport utility vehicle (SUV) broke down before he was hit.
Sonaike was rushed to Gbagada General Hospital, where he was stabilized and was later taken to the LASTMA Clinic in Oshodi.
The Senior Traffic Law Enforcement Officer said he was going to Adekunle from Iyana-Oworonsoki on patrol when he saw a man with his vehicle broken down.
Sonaike said: “I came down from the vehicle and put on my hazard light so that I can assist the driver. As I was assisting the man, a vehicle came and bashed the LASTMA car from the rear, hit me in the process and the next thing I saw was that I fell off from the Third Mainland Bridge into the lagoon.”
The Traffic Law Enforcement officer said: “While I was swimming in that lagoon, what came to my mind that time was that this is the end of life, but with the little swimming experience I had, I was able to do a little thing before the fishermen men came to my rescue.”
Decrying the action of the driver, the LASTMA General Manager, Olawale Musa, said “If not for God that made the fishermen rescue Sonaike, the agency would be in another round of mourning by now,”
Musa added “Drivers should always give consideration to other road users on the road and not over speed, that guy was over speeding. Although I can’t measure his speed, if he was not overspeeding, he would have seen that vehicle ahead”.