Liberia: ‘Driver Was Drunk’: New Details Emerge Amid Probe into President Convoy Tragedy
Monrovia – Initial reports into the crash that killed two persons and critically injured nine others after a collision involving the convoy of President George Manneh Weah reveals that Amuchen Benson, the driver of the vehicle carrying former Solicitor General Wilkins Wright was under the influence of alcohol.
Report by Rodney D. Sieh,
“We are investigating but we have to note too because he (the driver) was taken to the hospital, along with the others, we have to wait until we interview all those involved in the crash who managed to survive. Once that is done, the investigation will continue fully,” Police Director Patrick Sudu confirmed to FrontPageAfrica Monday night.
The police chief said the driver will be questioned further as police look to ascertain what led to the accident on the Gbarnga highway. “The investigation will continue tomorrow.”
FrontPageAfrica has learned that Cllr. Wright reportedly told investigators that the driver of the vehicle carrying him was his son.
The revelation comes as the Executive Mansion Protection Service has reiterated earlier warnings against the illegal intrusion into the Presidential motorcade as this poses serious danger to the safety of those onboard, including the President.
Meanwhille, President Weah has promptly responded to the critical condition of long-serving Executive Mansion Videographer Gabriel W. Mills by ordering that the badly injured staff of the Ministry of State for President Affairs is flown to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, for further treatment.
An Executive Mansion statement Monday said Mills was injured when a car transporting former Liberia’s Solicitor General and Former Associate Justice, Cllr. Michael Wright, intruded into the presidential motorcade at Gbonkorneima near Gbarnga.
Doctors at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center referred Gabriel Mills for further treatment. Learning of the need for his medical referral, the Liberian leader facilitated Gabriel’s overseas treatment including travel and medical costs.
Another staff of the Ministry of States for Presidential Affairs, Gabriel Wilson popularly known “Executive Horn”, and a lady identified as Victoria Wlue, a passenger riding in Justice Wright’s vehicle, died at the Phebe Hospital.
Gabriel Wilson was a traditional horn blower to the President. He was recruited by the late President Samuel K. Doe in Maryland County in the early 1980s.
Several others were injured. Four of the injured persons have been treated and discharged.
President Weah has meanwhile conveyed his sympathies to the families of the bereaved and empathizes with the injured. The Liberian Leader reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that all those injured receive the best treatment possible.