Sharon Chepkirui Kosgei, a passenger who was in the company of Marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, has succumbed to injuries sustained during the Sunday night accident.
Chepkurui had been rushed to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital with severe injuries following the accident that occurred along the Eldoret-Kaptagat road.
Her death brings to three the people who died in the grisly accident. The others are Kiptum himself and his coach, Gervais Hakizimana.
According to a police report, the Chicago Marathon World Record holder was driving his Toyota Premio when he lost control of the vehicle and landed in a ditch.
He drove in the ditch for about 60 meters before hitting a big tree. As a result, Kiptum and Hakizimana died on the spot while Chepkurui escaped with serious injuries and was rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) for treatment.
Kiptum and Hakizimana’s bodies were moved to Racecourse Hospital Mortuary in Eldoret awaiting autopsy.
Kiptum rose to prominence in the world of athletics after registering the fastest marathon debut in Valencia in 2022.
The 24-year-old star continued to rise in 2023 when he conquered the London Marathon with a course record of 2:01:25 in April.
It was however in October when Kiptum made headlines after he shattered the men’s world record by clocking 2:00:35, to become the first man to run a marathon in under two hours and one minute, and taking 34 seconds off fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge’s previous record.