Three people were killed in two separate collisions Thursday night, with two victims dying in a Paphos-Polis head on-collision and another biker in Limassol slamming into a car driven by a man under the influence.
Police say two Cypriots from Polis Chrysochous were killed Thursday night when their cars collided on the main road between Paphos and Polis, with a female driver dying instantly and a male driver later at the hospital.
On the same night in Limassol, an 18-year-old man from Bulgaria was killed when his bike slammed into a rental car, driven by a 44-year-old Greek national who appears to have blocked the way by making a right turn.
Paphos victims did not wear seatbelts
The head-on collision took place on the Paphos-Polis road, and a preliminary investigation suggested 31-year-old Gregoris Andreou was driving his pickup truck at an excessive speed when it collided with a saloon driven by 42-year-old Evgenia Louka.
None of the victims were wearing seatbelts, police said.
Louka, a mother of four children, died at the scene of the accident while Andreou, a father of three, was rushed to the Emergency Room at the Paphos General Hospital.
Sources said the main factor appears to have been excessive speed. The legal limit was 80 kilometres, but police believe Andreou was driving a lot faster. He was ejected with force from his pickup truck at the time of the collision. Fire fighters were called to the scene to get Louka out of her car.
Doctors attempted to perform surgery on Andreou but he succumbed to his injuries in the operating room.
Biker slams into car that blocked his way
Police say Plamen Petrov was riding his bike on Ayia Fylakseos Street, when the the driver of the rental car attempted a right turn at a traffic light, blocking the way of the biker.
Petrov slammed into the car and was ejected, striking a protective metal pole on the pavement.
Media sources say the biker was probably not wearing a helmet. He was taken to Limassol General Hospital where doctors on duty pronounced his death.
The driver took a breathalyzer test, showing twice the limit and was placed under arrest.
Media reports said the biker was speeding and did not have a licence.