The family of Rwandese coach Garvais Hakizamana, who tragically passed away alongside World Marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum, is calling for a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

The fatal incident occurred on Sunday night along the Elgeyo Marakwet-Ravine road, leaving both Kiptum and his coach deceased.

Expressing concerns over the survival of a passenger, Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei, the coach’s family, particularly Sandrine Usawe, a niece to the coach, is urging the Kenyan government to conduct thorough inquiries into the accident.

Usawe emphasized the need for clarity, stating, “We are not satisfied and we are asking the Kenya government to carry out proper investigations into the accident.”

She highlighted the puzzling nature of the survivor’s escape given the severe damage sustained by the vehicle during the crash.

Despite the family’s visit to the accident site and the subsequent postmortem examination, which revealed injuries consistent with the crash, questions remain regarding the circumstances of Kosgei’s miraculous survival.

While Kosgei has provided statements to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), she has yet to make a public statement.

A team of pathologists, led by Dr. Benson Macharia, conducted a postmortem on the coach’s body, revealing serious fractures and multiple injuries.

The bodies of Hakizamana and Kiptum are currently preserved at the Eldoret hospital morgue, pending further investigation by DCI officers to determine the cause of the accident.

Elgeyo Marakwet Police Commander Peter Mulinge assured that investigations are ongoing and a report will be released upon completion.

DCI detectives have visited the accident scene and other relevant areas to gather evidence.

While Kiptum’s family has not scheduled a date for his postmortem, Athletics Kenya officials announced plans for his burial on February 24.

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