A woman possibly on an electric scooter was killed in a road accident in Limassol on Friday after being struck by a vehicle as she was trying to cross the road.
According to police, a Polish woman described as 48-year-old Izabela Zofia Iwanska, a permanent resident of Cyprus, was struck by a car in Limassol on Franklin Roosevelt Street around 5:10pm.
Iwanska was immediately rushed to the Emergency Room at Limassol General Hospital where doctors on duty pronounced her dead on arrival.
'The victim had an electric scooter with her but we do not yet know whether she was riding it or carrying it'
Traffic police director Yiannis Georgiou said the woman was possibly riding an electric scooter at the time of the accident, but it has not been confirmed whether Iwanska was on the scooter at the precise time she was attempting to cross the street.
“The victim had an electric scooter with her but we do not yet know whether she was riding it or carrying it,” Georgiou said.
The driver, described as a 34-year-old Bulgarian national, also a permanent resident of Cyprus, sustained light injuries and was also taken to the ER. He was treated and released from hospital, while police later detained him for questioning.
Unconfirmed media reports said the car was speeding when Iwanska was struck with brutal force, hitting the windshield and being stuck on the hood of the moving car for several metres before falling down.
According to Cyprus News Agency, the driver appeared to possess a learner’s permit, but police declined to either confirm or deny the report, while also not commenting on whether the driver was speeding.
While details of the accident were not shared in an official report, citing an ongoing investigation, police said the driver was administered a Breathalyzer test with an initial reading of 13μg and final at 6μg. The legal limit for learner permit holders is 9μg while it is 22μg for regular licences.