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Courts awards Sh2.5m to family of ambulance patient

The family of an accident victim who died two years ago after being in an ambulance unattended for 18 hours has been awarded Sh2.5 million as compensation.

The death of Mr Alex Madaga, a casual worker, was the second tragedy in the family after a nine-month-old baby died five months earlier.

Chief magistrate Peter Gesora on Thursday awarded the family Sh2,557,097 for the loss of their loved one.

“The deceased was aged 37,” said Mr Gesora. “He went about his daily work unhindered and was full of life.

“He had high expectations in life, being a family man, but his life was suddenly cut short.”

The family, through lawyer Maureen Githinji, sued the owner of the vehicle that hit Mr Madaga.

The vehicle owner, Ms Josephine Mbuthia, and driver Zacheus Kuria Mungai failed to respond to the case as well as appear in court for the hearing of the compensation dispute.