By Stefanos Evripidou
A MOTHER of three was killed in a crash in the early hours of Friday morning in Limassol, marking the second road death in 24 hours in the coastal city.
Maria Ioannou Zachariou, 42, was driving her car on Spyros Kyprianou Avenue in Limassol when she hit into the back of a recycle truck at around 4am.
According to public broadcaster CyBC, the truck was on the left lane of traffic on its way collecting recyclables left on the side of the road when Zachariou drove into the back of the truck.
Two employees of the recycling collection company were standing on pedals on the back of the truck just before the collision when one of them saw the car coming and called out to his colleague to jump off.
Both did just before the car hit into the back of the truck, bending one of the pedals under the truck.
The 42-year-old, who was not wearing a seatbelt, hit her head on the windscreen. She was killed on impact.
Limassol traffic police official Emilios Kafas said yesterday: “If she wore a seat belt, it is most likely her life would have been saved.”
According to CyBC, the absence of skid marks on the road indicated the driver had not pressed the breaks before hitting the truck.
She leaves behind three daughters.
The day before, at noon on Thursday, 24-year-old Stefanos Sharpe was killed after his motorcycle slammed into an oncoming car at a traffic lights intersection in the Ipsonas area of Limassol.