A 38-year-old man from Limassol was killed in a road accident Monday morning following a collision with another vehicle that resulted in a fatal rollover, with his two children surviving the crash.
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According to police, the two cars were driving in opposite direction when the side mirror on Zacharias Evripidou’s car, heading towards Limassol, struck an oncoming vehicle heading towards Platres. The crash took place in Palodia.
Unconfirmed reports said Evripidou’s car most likely accelerated down the road prior to the crash
Following the initial contact between the two vehicles, Evripidou’s car then moved to the right lane, struck a barrier on the roadside of the opposite lane, and rolled over stopping in the middle of the road.
Evripidou, who did not wear a seatbelt according to official reports, was ejected from his vehicle and landed on the asphalt where he died instantly.
His two children, aged six and nine, were injured and initially taken to Limassol General Hospital.
But a CT-scan could not be performed due to equipment being out of order, so the kids were rushed to Nicosia General for medical tests. The boy sustained a head injury while no details were given about his older sister.
Police said Evripidou’s kids had their seatbelts on.
The driver of the other vehicle, described as a 34-year-old male, remained at the scene of the accident and officers performed a Breathalyzer test on him showing zero alcohol in his bloodstream.
He was later placed under arrest pending further investigation but it was not clear whether police would seek a court order for his remand.
Unconfirmed reports said Evripidou’s car most likely accelerated down the road prior to the crash.
Another pickup truck was spotted in the area, with the driver reportedly stopping at the scene and offering help.
Police are asking the public with any information about the pickup truck driver or any other information pertaining to the incident to call Limassol traffic police at 25.805.252, dial 1460 Citizen hotline, or contact the nearest police station.