A Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) officer at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel was on Sunday evening knocked by a speeding commuter taxi along Kampala- Hoima road, dying immediately.

The deceased has been identified as Lt Col Rashid Kawawa from Chieftaincy of Military Rehabilitation Center (CMRC) in Mubende district.

The incident happened at around 8pm on Sunday at Namungoona in Rubaga Division in Kampala.

Police said the Colonel had parked his car by the roadside opposite a fuel station and was crossing the road for fuel when he got knocked dead by taxi Reg No UAT 082P while he was returning to his car.

“The late was driving a motor vehicle registration number UAS 373W Toyota Premio which had run out of fuel and he parked at the roadside hence crossing to Tosha Fuel Station to pick some fuel. On returning, he was knocked,” Police said in a statement.

The taxi driver immediately abandoned the vehicle and ran. Police says his search is on.

The body has since been taken to City Mortuary at Mulago national referral hospital for postmortem.

The victim’s car and the taxi have also been towed to Kampala Police Station to aid investigations.