Omotomi Akinsanya, the woman hit by John Greg, a Lagos-based Lebanese man who was driving against traffic in Victoria Island, Lagos, has died.
Greg hit Omotomi in May and refused to take full financial responsibility after he was allegedly bailed with a sum of N1million while the victim remained in a critical situation, until her death on Thursday, June 9.
Greg was arrested by the police last month after hitting Omotomi with his vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner, along Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island.
Before his arrest, Greg had immediately fled the scene, leaving Omotomi with serious injuries to her legs, but he was chased down and overpowered.
A close friend of the family, who asked not to be named, said Omotomi was previously in the Intensive Care Unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) before she was moved out, only to be returned there after an amputation surgery.
“We had previously thought everything would be sorted amicably when the Lebanese man was arrested,” she told FIJ.
“However, the case was transferred from Panti to Ikoyi Prison, where he was subsequently released for N1 million.”
Before Omotomi’s death, her sister Omolola had told FIJ she couldn’t breathe on her own, and was due for another surgery.
Omolola also confirmed that after his release from prison, Greg offered the family N3 million, a drop in the ocean compared to how much the family had spent on hospital bills for a month.
With a target of $200,000, Omotomi’s friends and family had planned to fly her to England for further medical treatment.
Omotola told FIJ that the family plans to sue Greg, as they have a lawyer on the case.
When FIJ reached out to Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos State Police PRO, he explained that Greg had been granted a court bail.
“Shortly after the Lebanese was arrested, he was charged to court. When we charge a case to court, we do not have a say in the matter again. It is the magistrate that decides what happens,” he said.
“They could either decide if the person will be asked to pay a fine, or charged to prison. It was the magistrate that granted him bail, not police.”
Hundeyin stated that since the victim is dead, the police would be amending the charges against Greg to manslaughter, as long as the magistrate allows it.
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