A lecturer at the University of Benin in Edo State, Dr. Stella Okotie, has been crushed to death by a bus driver who was trying to flee police arrest.

The bus driver hit the lecturer and two sachet water sellers while a bribe-seeking policeman was struggling with him for the control of his steering wheel in Benin City.

According to reports, the accident happened on Monday evening when policemen attached to Ugbowo Division were pursuing a commercial bus in a bid to extort some money from the driver.

This led to a physical struggle between the driver and the policemen for the wheels. While struggling, the bus driver ran into Dr Okotie, who was standing by the main gate.

The deceased, who was a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, was standing with her husband, Dr Williams Okotie, also a staff of the institution and their son, Ochuko, when the incident happened.