Peter Okon, a well-known journalist with Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), was struck by an irresponsible driver.
The car’s driver lost control of the vehicle and crush both the victim’s legs because he was apparently distracted by his phone and a female companion sitting next to him.
The event occurred early on Saturday morning while Okon, the news director at CRBC, and his wife were jogging back home at the well-known Calabar-Calabar roundabout on the Murtala Mohammed expressway.
Okon, on admission at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital male orthopaedic ward after a major operation, explained: “As my wife and I were about to jog back to our home in the nearby Federal Housing Estate Calabar after the usual weekly exercise, here comes a car veering off the roundabout towards us with speed.
“Sensing danger, I was able to push off my wife who then fell into the gutter with degrees of injuries.
“It was now too late for me to jump away and help myself. As a result, the reckless driver who was steering the wheel with one hand answering a call whilst a woman held his hand, hit me, crushing my two legs.
“My wife told me that the only person that came to her head was the chairman of NUJ in Cross River State, Comrade Gill Nsa-Abasi whom she called to evacuate me to UCTH.”
He clarified that he had already spent a lot of money on the big surgery, medications, tests, supplies for the medical field, bed space, etc.
On the severely injured limb, he made a suggestion that plastic surgery would be performed.
It has been established that the young man who was driving the car did not steal it, and the car’s owner had not given him permission to drive it that morning.
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