The Eastern Province Police Spokesperson for the Eastern Province, CIP Twizeyimana Hamdun, told IGIHE that the accident happened around 5.30 pm when a Jeep Toyota Prado that was heading from Nyagatare to Kigali hit a cyclist identified as Alphonse Habimana in Rwamagana town.
The Prado collided with an Actros Mercedes Benz before killing a taxi moto rider and his passenger.
The driver of the Prado identified as Etienne Ruzindana was trying to escape from police after he made a hit and run on a cyclist who luckily cheated death.
The car later lost the balance and hit the tree on the roadside, leaving the driver in critical condition.
One of five persons he was carrying identified as Aloys Niyonzaba died in the accident while others were seriously injured.
Police Spokesperson said that the accident wouldn’t have been as fatal as it was had the driver not tried to escape.
“The police stopped the driver after hitting the cyclist but he opted to escape and I don’t think he was running against the clock to stick to curfew hours because he would have reached on time without considering going at the highest speed,” CIP Twizeyimana said.
The driver who caused the accident was immediately transferred to Kanombe Military Hospital for treatment.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to Rwamagana Hospital for autopsy tests; while those who were injured during the accident were hospitalized at Rwamagana Hospital.