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Latest road victim ‘would have lived had he worn seatbelt’ (Updated)

Photo: Larnaca Press

The 52-year-old man who was killed in a road accident on Monday morning on the road from Psematismenos to Maroni would be alive if he had worn a seatbelt, police have said.

The victim, a Syrian national, had a head-on collision with another car driven by an 82-year-old man at 6am. The elderly man and his son, who was a passenger in the vehicle, are been treated in Larnaca hospital for minor injuries.

“Human error was an element,” Larnaca traffic police spokesman Haris Hadjiyiasemis said. “The drivers were not wearing seatbelts. If they were, the 52-year-old would surely be alive.”

Neither of the two had a driving licence. The pickup van driven by the 82-year-old had been struck off the road transport’s register, while the other car had been declared as immobilised.

Asked about the circumstances of the fatal accident, Hadjiyiasemis replied the 82-year-old did not have a clear field of vision.

The spot has been known for being dangerous for years and the community councils of Psematismenos and Maroni have repeatedly asked to do something about it, community leader of Psematismenos Christodoulos Papachristou commented.

It was decided to create a roundabout, but for this the expropriation of three properties is necessary. One of the owners however has refused to agree, and the matter has been referred to the Larnaca court, he added.

He said the plans for the construction of the roundabout have been ready for two years.

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