Two men were killed on Wednesday after their motorcycles collided in a horrible accident in west Nicosia, with preliminary findings suggesting a series of violations by at least one victim.
Local media said 23-year-old Victoras Kouroufeksis and 68-year-old Christakis Kolokasides were killed in a collision in Makedonitissa on Wedneday afternoon around 4:15pm, when their morocycles crashed into each other on Iroon Road.
Reports said the collision was very violent, with the two men being rushed to the Emergency Room at Nicosia General Hospital where doctors pronounced them dead on arrival.
Acccording to police, one of the bikers appeared to have made an illegal turn, while speeding was another suspected primary factor in the accident.
'Based on preliminary findings, very serious injuries and specific damages point to speeding, along with other traffic violations such as illegal turn and not wearing a helmet'
Additional reports suggested there was no use of protective head gear at least by one of the bikers, while police investigators were still trying to assertain whether the one and only helmet found at the scene was in use during the collision.
Police traffic official Charis Evripidou told state radio on Thursday morning that there were several violations in what he described as an "unprecedented case where both bikers lose their lives in a collision."
"Based on preliminary findings, very serious injuries and specific damages point to speeding, along with other traffic violations such as illegal turn and not wearing a helmet," Evripidou said.
Local media said Kouroufexis , described as a biker enthusiast, had posted a comment a day earlier on social media, calling on his friends not to mourn his loss should he ever die on the road.
"If I should die one day behind the handlebar, dress in white and keep pushing on the needle. Come visit my grave and share your news with me. Go out to have fun and keep smiling as if I was there too. Remember the things that we did and smile," Kouroufexis wrote on Facebook.