Mourning, as reckless driver kills Nigerian student in Scotland



Tributes, like a fountain, have continued to shower on Chinenye Vera Okonkwo, the 33-year-old Nigerian student who was killed after a two-vehicle crashed in Glasgow city centre, Scotland, while taking walking on St Vincent Street.

The incident, which was said to have occurred at about 19:40 on Thursday, reportedly left Public Health MSc undergraduate at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), in critical condition, before she was pronounced dead at the scene on Thursday.

Police later said a driver was arrested in connection with the incident, while her family in its reaction, bewailed the situation, describing her as God-fearing, kindhearted and intelligent.

The statement, said: “Chinenye was a wonderful, kind, intelligent young woman with a strong faith in God. She had a passion to succeed and whatever obstacles she faced were overcome. She was very family-oriented and always had time for everyone. Our lives will never be the same without her.”

GCU principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Steve Decent, also lamenting the situation, said: “It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Chinenye Okonkwo in a tragic road traffic accident. We offer our sincere condolences to Chinenye’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. This is a terrible shock for our community, especially those who knew Chinenye.”

Prof Decent added the university’s student wellbeing team was available to provide support to those who needed it.

Last week officers said one of the two drivers involved in the incident, a 28-year-old woman, was arrested but released pending further investigation.

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