Family of Kiptum’s coach dissatisfied with autopsy report

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 16 Feb, 2024 21:01 | < 1 min read
Kelvin Kiptum (left) with his coach Gervais Hakizimana after he broke the Marathon World record in Chicago on October 8. PHOTO/Print

The family of the late world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum's coach Gervais Hakizimana has expressed dissatisfaction with the results of the autopsy released on Friday, February 16, 2024.

The results released at the Eldoret Hospital confirmed that the Rwandese marathon trainer died as a result of a head injury following the tragic crash.

“He died of inter-cranial bleeding due to head injury which is consistent with head injuries. The neck and head had fractures, which are consistent with the accident report,” the report showed.

Speaking after the results were released, the family argued that the report did not reflect his initial appearance after the crash. According to the family, the trainer's body bore no fractures.

“When we viewed him, he did not have fractures at all. We therefore reject this report,” the distraught family stated calling for further probe by the government.

“We want investigations commenced as we are not satisfied with the post-mortem report.”

In the Sunday, February 11 road crash, the 24-year-old and his coach died on the spot with police saying that he had "lost control of the vehicle and veered off-road entering into a ditch on his left side" while driving along on the Eldoret - Ravine road at around 11:00 pm.

"He drove in the ditch for about 60 metres before hitting a big tree," a police statement said.

Notably, a third person in the vehicle - a young woman - identified as Sharon Kosgei, escaped with injuries.

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