A teenage moped rider from Paphos has died after being struck head-on by a car on the Kato Paphos to Coral Bay road.
According to the police, 17-year-old Christian Charliaou had been riding his moped close to the Kissonerga turn-off on Wednesday night when he was hit bya car overtaking another vehicle in the opposite lane.
Charilaou was rushed by ambulance to Paphos General Hospital but was pronounced dead-on-arrival.
“A crash helmet was found at the scene of the crash but investigations are underway to determine if Charilaou had been wearing it at the time of the crash”, commented the head of Paphos Traffic Department Zenonas Psathitis.
The 23-year-old driver of the car, said to be a Russian national, underwent a blood alcohol test which found no trace of alcohol in his blood.
He told investigators that he had not seen Charilaou and his moped because of the inadequate lighting on that particular stretch of the road. The driver is currently in police custody.
Other fatal and serious accidents have also occurred along the Paphos-Coral Bay road over the years with the local authorities calling for improvements, including better lighting.