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62-year-old Man Killed in Road Accident

A second person has died in a road accident within 48 hours after a 62-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision with another car on Limassol Avenue in Alambra, said police.

Pantelis Costi lost control of his car and hit a vehicle in on-coming traffic. He collided with a car driven by a 19-year-old Nicosia woman and both drivers were taken to Nicosia General Hospital. The woman is out of danger, but Costi - who was not wearing a seatbelt - was pronounced dead on arrival.

Ten people have died in road accidents this month alone. According to the EU Road Safety Performance Index, Cyprus did not achieve the goal of reducing road fatalities by 50 percent between 2001-2010, only reducing them by 39 percent. Still, by saving  84 lives between 2002 and 2010, the economy gained 142.8 million euros, according to the report.

For the sake of comparison, in 2010, Sweden reduced its road fatality rate to 28 in one million people. Cyprus' rate for the year was 75 in one million people, well above the EU average of 62 in one million.

Cyprus has the highest rate of motorcycle deaths in Europe and the second-highest rate of deaths in residential area road accidents, said the report, published by the European Transport Safety Council.


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