A local man in Limassol was killed Tuesday night while trying to cross the road, after he was struck by a car in low-light conditions.
According to the Cyprus News Agency, 62-year-old Petros Petrou was attempting to cross a street in Limassol on Tuesday night, just after 9pm, when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Police said the driver was moving northbound on Ayia Fylakseos Street.
Petrou was rushed to the Emergency Room at Limassol General Hospital where doctors on duty pronounced him dead on arrival.
'We determined that even here that we stand right now, road lighting is absent'
The driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old male, was initially detained for questioning following the accident. While a Breathalyzer and narcotest came back negative, a statement later from police said a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Additional reports said the driver told police officers that he did not see the pedestrian trying to cross the street, while residents in the area also made comments about lack of sufficient light in that particular location.
CNA also reported that local residents had been calling for road light maintenance, with traffic police confirming that troubled spots with low or no lighting are included in their annual reports to local authorities.
“We determined that even here that we stand right now, road lighting is absent,” a law enforcement official said.
Police continue to investigate the incident.