A 46-year-old Bulgarian national, Stilyan Atanasov Zhechev and an 84-year-old Greek national, Kanaris Zervos, died in two separate fatal traffic accidents in Limassol on Friday morning.
According to Limassol Traffic Department official Emilios Kafas, police are investigating the circumstances under which the car driven by Zhechev crashed into a pick-up truck along the Monagrouli-Pentakomo road at 4:30 am on Friday.
The driver of the pick-up was slightly injured in the crash while it was determined that he was not driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Investigations are centring on the reasons why one of the vehicles entered the flow of oncoming traffic on a stretch of straight road,” said Kafas.
“It seems that both cars were speeding somewhat as the victim’s car was totally destroyed,” he added.
According to police, the 84-year old Kanaris Zervos was killed after being struck by a car while attempting to cross Archbishop Makarios Avenue in Limassol near a pedestrian crossing.
Zavros was rushed to the Limassol General Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
“The driver claims that he did not see the victim in time and we are investigating the accurateness of his claims,” said Kafas.
“Despite awareness campaigns, efforts by police, stakeholders and the state regarding road awareness, it seems that we only listen and don’t apply,” said Kafas in response to an observation that Zervos did not use the pedestrian crossing despite it being very close to the spot where he attempted to cross the road.
The Limassol Traffic Department has in the meantime made an appeal for any witnesses to the accident involving Zervos to come forward in order to assist in the investigation.