One man was killed and a teenage boy seriously injured in two separate road accidents in Nicosia on Saturday.
According to the police, 23-year-old Panayot Panov from Bulgaria died after the car he was in as passenger veered off course and hit an electricity pole. The accident occurred at around 4.15am in Kaimakli.
Panov was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital where his death was confirmed.
No one was found in the driver’s seat while a 19-year-old man found injured in the back seat was also taken in hospital. He has denied he was the driver.
In another road accident, a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured after the car he was in also crashed into an electricity pole.
The car was driven by an 18-year-old girl who was found to be under the influence of alcohol.
The accident took place at around 4.15am on the road from Ergates in the Nicosia district toward the industrial area when, under conditions being investigated, the driver lost control of the car that veered off road and crashed into an electricity pole.
In the car was another girl, aged 19.
The boy was transferred to the Nicosia general hospital. His condition is deemed serious.
The 18-year-old driver was found to have almost twice the permitted limit of alcohol in her breath. The breathalyser she was given indicated 17 microgrammes of alcohol instead of 9mg which is the limit for young drivers.
Following the latest accidents, including the death of a 65-year-old woman last Thursday after being hit by a car in Strovolos, police said they were stepping up patrols in a bid to reduce fatal road accidents.
Police spokesman Christos Andreou said Saturday’s was the third fatal road accident during the first 18 days of 2020 and the second taking place in Nicosia.
He said that on the instructions of the police chief, they had reviewed measures and would increase patrols.
He said most accidents take place on the secondary road network and there would be increased patrols in those areas too.
But Andreou stressed that drivers must follow the rules. There have been 100 checks for drink driving since the beginning of the year in Nicosia alone he said while there have also been campaigns for traffic violations both in the capital and the secondary road network.
“But police cannot be always everywhere,” he said, adding that drivers need to drive responsibly.
Police are urging members of the public who may possess any information on the fatal road accident in Kaimakli to call the Nicosia traffic police, or the nearest police station or the Citizen Hotline at 1460.