Isaac Kwadwo Akorsah, a 33-year-old driver, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment in hard labour by the Dormaa Ahenkro Circuit Court.
The sentence comes in response to Akorsah's guilty plea to charges of careless and inconsiderate driving, resulting in the tragic death of an 18-year-old pedestrian.
Prosecutor Inspector Emmanuel Asare presented the case, stating that on January 4, 2024, around 16:20 hours, Akorsah was driving a KIA Grandbird vehicle with registration number GW 9779-22.
The driver, accompanied by his mate, had the vehicle's door open while heading from the new bus terminal at Dormaa Ahenkro towards Presbyterian Park.
Upon approaching the Dormaa main traffic lights on the main Masu-Nkrakwanta Road, Akorsah noticed a vehicle ahead and attempted to overtake it.
During this maneuver, the door of the vehicle unexpectedly swung open, striking Rachael Frimpomaa, an 18-year-old pedestrian.
Frimpomaa suffered severe head injuries and was swiftly transported to the Dormaa Ahenkro Presbyterian Hospital. Despite efforts, she succumbed to her injuries a few hours later while undergoing treatment.
Akorsah was promptly arrested and charged with both careless and inconsiderate driving offenses. The case docket was subsequently forwarded to the Attorney General's office for legal advice and prosecution.