The black series continues on our roads. There have already been 75 deaths on our roads since January. On the evening of Monday July 3, a brutal collision between a car and a trailer in a parking area on the M3 Ripailles freeway claimed two lives. The impact was so brutal that the car hit the trailer and burst into flames. The four occupants of the car, all residents of Bois Marchand, Terre Rouge, were extricated from the vehicle. However, 31-year-old Anthony Rosalba was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, Ismaël Zemira, aged 20, died shortly after being taken to Moka hospital. Bardy Prosper, aged 30, was seriously injured and admitted to the intensive care unit of the Dr. A.G. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. A 17-year-old teenager was admitted to the North Hospital. To date, the number of deaths on our roads is seventy-five, compared with forty-seven at the same period in 2022.
This terrible accident occurred at around 9.15pm on the evening of Monday July 2nd. A gold Suzuki from Terre Rouge was driving along the M3 Ripailles freeway towards the traffic circle. The car, with four people on board, was to collide head-on with the rear of a trailer in a parking area. The impact was so violent that the Suzuki burst into flames. The occupants of the car were extricated.
Elements of the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and an ambulance from the Service d’Aide Médicale d’Urgence (Samu) were called to the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, the Samu doctor had to pronounce Anthony Rosalba dead on the spot. The driver of the car, Ismaël Zemira, was evacuated to Moka hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The other two injured, Bardy Prosper and the 17-year-old teenager, were taken to Montagne Longue hospital. After receiving treatment, they were transferred to Dr Jeetoo and North hospitals respectively. Bardy Prosper, whose condition is considered worrying, was admitted to the intensive care unit.
The 38-year-old owner of the trailer, who lives in Goodlands, was arrested. He has been placed in a cell at the Moka detention center. This part of the road where the accident occurred is covered by a Safe City surveillance camera.
In addition, Emmanuel Roussety, 38, a resident of Riche Terre, succumbed to his injuries at the Hôpital du Nord in the early hours of Tuesday morning, July 4. He was travelling in a car on June 30, when it was involved in an accident on Route Royale d’Arsenal.
The accident occurred at around 10 p.m. on Friday June 30. The victim was travelling in a Renault car with three other people. At one point, as the car approached a pottery and was driving in the direction of Terre Rouge, one of its wheels came off. The driver, a 35-year-old ploughman from 7e Mile, Triolet, lost control of the car. The car left its lane and collided head-on with an oncoming Mitsubishi.
All three occupants of the Renault were injured. They were taken to the Hôpital du Nord on board a Samu ambulance. Emmanuel Roussety, who was seriously injured, underwent surgery before being admitted to the intensive care unit. A 27-year-old resident of Elizabeth Ville, Baie du Tombeau, was admitted to the ward, while a 33-year-old man from Pamplemousses left hospital against medical advice.
Breathalyser tests were carried out on both drivers. The Renault driver tested positive. He had twenty-seven micrograms of alcohol in his breath. He was placed in a sobering cell at the Terre Rouge police station. On Tuesday morning, July 4, he was arrested on a provisional charge of manslaughter.
The bodies of the three victims were autopsied at the Dr Jeetoo Hospital morgue on Tuesday, July 4, by Dr Maxwell Monvoisin, Principal Police Medical Officer. He attributed the victims’ deaths to multiple injuries.