One person is dead and another injured after a head-on collision in Paphos, following a series of road deaths in the last few days, with police saying neither of the drivers in the latest accident was wearing a seatbelt.
Police say 52-year-old Michalis Chrysostomou from Letymbou died in an accident on Thursday that took place around 7:40pm on the road between Tsada and Choulou.
Chrysostomou was driving his vehicle when he got involved in a head-on collision with another car, driven by a 32-year-old man.
Emergency responders rushed to the scene, including ambulances, fire engines, and police officers.
The two men were taken to Paphos General Hospital where doctors on duty pronounced Chrysostomou’s death. The health condition of the surviving driver was described by medics as out of danger.
Preliminary assessments by police point out that one of the two vehicles went into the opposite lane of traffic, while neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.
The accident is being investigating by Paphos traffic police.
Several deadly collisions in last few days
The accident comes just days after a series of deadly road collisions in Paphos and one in Limassol.
On Sunday a 33-year-old biker on a road trip died when he collided with a car driven by a 67-year-old woman. She was driving her vehicle with her 89-year-old husband as a front seat passenger, when the head-on collision took place around 11:35am on the Nikokleia-Fasoula main road.
A week earlier, two drivers from Polis Chrysochous were killed at night when their cars collided on the main road between Paphos and Polis, with a female driver, aged 42, dying instantly and a male driver, aged 31, succumbing to his injuries at the hospital.
The two drivers also were not wearing seatbelts and preliminary findings suggested the man was driving his pickup truck at an excessive speed.
On that same night, May 17, an 18-year-old man was killed when his motorcycle slammed into a rental car, driven by a 44-year-old who appears to have blocked the way by making a right turn.
Media sources said the car driver took a breathalyzer test, showing twice the limit and was placed under arrest, while the young biker was taken to Limassol General Hospital where doctors on duty pronounced his death.
Local reports cited media sources saying the biker was speeding, did not have a licence, and was probably not wearing a protective helmet.