The chairman of Sarova Hotels, MS Vohra, his wife, daughter and daughter-in-law have died in a road crash on Nairobi-Mombasa highway in Makueni, Mukaa police boss Charles Muthui confirmed.
Mr Muthui said Mr Saveer Vohra, who was driving the vehicle when the crash occurred was first taken to Sultan Hamud County Hospital before he was flown to a hospital in Nairobi for specialised treatment.
“Two people died on the spot and the other two were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital,” Mr Muthui said.
The Toyota Landcruiser that the family members were traveling in towards Nairobi, veered off the road and landed in a ditch, according to Mr Muthui.
The family members were traveling back to Nairobi from a religious ceremony held at Makindu Sikh Temple.
The bodies of the four relatives were moved to Machakos County Referral Hospital mortuary while the wreckage of the vehicle was towed to Salama Police Station.
This is the latest tragedy to hit the Vohra family, which lost their father last year in a road crash around Amboseli Lodge while going to watch the East African Safari Classic Rally in November last year.
The accident series started in 2006 when then hotel group CEO Sandy Vohra passed on in a car accident in Addis Ababa and continued to the shock of the entire tourism fraternity in Kenya last year, when Sandy’s brother and successor as CEO ‘Pinky‘ Jaideep Vohra was involved in a fatal car accident, notably also on the Nairobi – Mombasa road. ‘Pinky’s‘ son is reportedly admitted in hospital, having also been in the car, but is said to be in a very critical condition.
Today’s accident has further decimated the family’s presence in the hotel company’s management, a venture they formed in the late 1970’s with John Kariuki with the first acquisition of the Ambassador Hotel, followed by the New Stanley, the Whitesands in Mombasa and the Panafric Hotel, alongside which expansion into Nakuru, Shaba and the Masai Mara followed.