There was confusion during a wedding ceremony in Benin on Saturday after what was supposed to be a thing of joy turned the other way round when the groom's father identified as Mr Edward Airhiavbere was crushed to death by a car.
The wedding which was said to have had top dignitaries in attendance was ended abruptly even before the couple could say their vows.
The accident occurred as a young driver, attempting to re-park his car near the venue of the event lost control and crashed into a man seated safely at the back of a stationed Toyota Camry, abruptly ending a wedding that had attracted some dignitaries of the capital city’s social circles.
The unidentified young man who drove the blue-coloured, old modelled, Isuzu V8 sports utility car with registration number Lagos SR 21 KJA, exploited the confusion that enveloped the registry, and escaped mob action.
The accident occurred at about 9.30am on Saturday in front of the Registry of the Oredo Local Government Area in Edo State, located just about 100 metres from the sprawling palace of the Benin Monarch.
It left the groom, bride and others in the bridal train weeping profusely and uncontrollably as the victim, Edward Airhiavbere, apparently died on the spot before he could be rushed to the nearby Central Hospital’s emergency ward for treatment.