Sarova Hotels boss, three relatives in crash to be laid to rest on Thursday


Four members of the Vohra family, co-owners of Sarova Hotels, who were killed in an accident at Makindu along the Mombasa-Nairobi Road will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Mr Jimi Kariuki, the managing director of Sarova Hotels, told the Nation the family was grieving and focused on helping the two boys left overcome the tragic loss.

“The family is grieving and keen to build the character of the two remaining children,” Mr Kariuki said.

The two remaining brothers are sons of Jaideep S Vohra, a rally enthusiast who died in November last year when his car rolled near Amboseli Lodge as he drove to watch the East African Safari Classic Rally.

Mohinder Singh Vohra, 81; his wife Swarna Kaur, 82, their daughter Reena and daughter-in-law Atuxa died on Sunday when the vehicle they were travelling in, according to police, veered off the road, hit a culvert and landed on a ditch.

They were being driven in the Landcruiser Prado by Saveer, 21, the son of the late Jaideep and the late Atuxa. The family is now survived by Mr Saveer, who is in hospital with slight leg injuries, and his younger brother who was not involved in the accident.


The family was travelling from the Makindu Sikh temple where they had commemorated the passing on of Jaideep when the accident occurred.

Following investigations, police say the accident at Kwa King’ee market occurred as Mr Saveer avoided hitting an oncoming lorry.

Mohinder and Swarna died on the spot while Reena and Atuxa died of head injuries at the Sultan Hamud Sub-County Hospital where they had been rushed.

The bodies have since been moved to MP Shah hospital mortuary. From there they will be taken to Sikh Temple Pangani for prayers before cremation at Hindu Shamshan Bhumi, Kariokor Nairobi.

“Our preliminary investigation shows that the vehicle was speeding,” Mukaa OCPD Charles Muthui told Nation at his office yesterday.

Witnesses at the market said the driver was overtaking a truck when the accident occurred.

“The driver had swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming lorr but he lost control and landed into a culvert,” said Michael Musau who hawks chicken near the accident scene.

Mr Muthui said the section of the road is prone to accidents because of misty weather which impairs visibility of a number of drivers when it rains.​


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