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Elderly man loses life crossing road

An elderly man lost his life early Sunday evening while trying to cross a busy Limassol avenue.

According to Emilios Kafa of Limassol traffic police, 81-year-old Ioannis Athanasiou Andria was attempting to cross Grivas Dhigenis avenue at about 5.30pm when he was hit by a car being driven by a 32-year-old man under circumstances still being investigated.

The 81-year-old was transferred to hospital where he was declared dead-on-arrival while the driver of the car was arrested to help with investigations.

Kafa said a breathalyser test carried out on the motorist came back with a zero reading, and that from preliminary examinations it appeared the vehicle he was driving was moving at a normal speed.

Traffic police say they are examining whether that fact that the road lighting had not yet been put into operation, contributed to the fatal incident.

Kafa appealed to road users to comply with the highway code, noting that there was a zebra crossing just a few metres from where the collision had occurred, which could have been used by the man.

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