Sharon Chepkurui The Survivor Of Kiptum’s Accident Speaks About The Incident


Sharon Chepkurui Kosgei, the only survivor of the tragic accident that killed world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum and his coach Gervais Hakizamana has spoken out for the first time about the horrific night.

In a statement recorded with the police, Kosgei says that Kiptum was driving the car when it suddenly veered off the road at around 11:17 pm on Sunday.

She says she shouted at him to get back on the road but he panicked and accelerated the vehicle, which landed in a ditch and hit a wall.

Kosgei, who had been friends with Kiptum since January, says they had watched an English Premier League match and had a meal in Eldoret town before heading to Chepkorio, where Kiptum trained.

She says she did not know what caused Kiptum to lose control of the car, but speculated that he might have dozed off.

Kosgei, who is from Metkei in Elgeyo Marakwet, says she is traumatized by the incident and did not want to speak to the media.

She says she is grateful to be alive and to have known Kiptum, who she describes as a kind, humble, and inspirational person..

A postmortem report showed that they died of multiple injuries to the head.

Elgeyo Marakwet County Police Commander Peter Mulinge says the investigation into the cause of the accident is still ongoing and that they will deliver their findings soon.


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