Two people, a man and a woman, both 22-years-old, died in an accident in Nicosia early on Tuesday morning, the fourth fatal accident in the capital in 12 days.
The crash took place at 3.35am on Kallipoleos Avenue.
The two University of Cyprus students, Paraskevas Savva and Elena Nicolae, were on their way home from the former’s birthday party when the young woman, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle.
Police reported that the car slammed into a tree, hit the wall of a block of flats and crashed into two parked cars before it overturned.
The fire service, with the aid of hydraulic tools, managed to free the two students who were trapped in the mangled remains.
An ambulance took them to Nicosia general hospital where their death was confirmed.
Kallipoleos Street was closed for traffic until 8.30am.
The causes of the accident are being investigated and police have asked anyone who has any information to contact Nicosia Traffic Police on 22-808023, their nearest police station or call the citizens’ hotline on 1460.
According to Nicosia traffic police deputy director Stelios Panayides, the cause of the accident was excessive speed.
It is not yet clear if the victims were wearing seat belts.
This is the fourth fatal accident in 12 days and police appealed to the public to adhere to the road traffic code.
“Excessive speed, not using a seat belt and a helmet and drivers who have consumed alcohol are deadly causes of accidents,” Panayides said.
In a statement, the University of Cyprus expressed deep sorrow for the loss of its two students.
According to the university, Nicolae was a third-year student in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, while Savva studied Economics.
“The University of Cyprus, the School of Social and Political Sciences and the School of Management and Economic Sciences, in which the two late students were studying, express their deep sorrow and pain at the untold tragedy and extend sincere condolences to their families and loved ones,” the statement said.
“The University of Cyprus’ flags will be flying half-mast in mourning until the funerals.”