PHOTO: Driver Screws Man’s Eye

A road rage between two drivers on the Kaneshie-Mallam Highway in Accra has led to a partial blindness of one of the drivers. A ‘trotro’ driver, David Asiedu, plying Accra-Twifo Praso route, allegedly stabbed Opoku Darko, another driver, in the eye, over the right of way on the busy Kaneshie-Mallam road on Tuesday, November 22, 2011, damaging one of his eyes in the process. David has been remanded into police custody by an Accra Circuit court presided over by Judge Doris Bempong when he appeared before the court last Thursday. The court refused to grant the accused person bail and asked him to reappear on December 21, 2011. Narrating the incident to Daily Guide, Opoku Darko said he was on his way from Accra to Kasoa on November 22, around 8pm, when upon reaching Odorkor Tipper, a 207 Benz bus was trying to change its lane into his. He said the 207 bus, driven by the suspect David Aseidu, could not successfully change its lane, thereby hitting the side mirror of his Kia mini truck. Opoku said when they both got down to assess the extent of damage, Aseidu, without any provocation, pierced his left eye with a screw driver, and ran away, abandoning his vehicle. According to Opoku, he bled profusely. Opoku added that “with the help of some passengers in my car, we reported the case to the Odorkor Police who gave me a medical form to take to the hospital, while they headed for the accident scene. “I was later told the driver absconded from the scene while I was being taken to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for surgery on my eye.” He stated that Aseidu, the following day, reported himself to the police and was arrested. He was later granted bail and processed for court last Thursday. However, when Daily Guide contacted Aseidu, he denied piercing Opoku’s eye with a screw driver, saying he rather punched him with his fist. It is not likely that Opoku’s sight can be recovered, according to doctor’s report.