Sad: Ugandan Catholic Priest In America Dies In Freaky Accident

Sad: Ugandan Catholic Priest In America Dies In Freaky Accident

By Ivan Mwine

A renowned Ugandan priest who was based in New Jersey, USA, died on Saturday after he got involved in a very nasty accident that left his car mangled.

According to the Diocese of Camden,

Fr. Alfred Onyutha,61, who served at several South Jersey parishes since 2005, died in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on Tuckahoe Road, leaving another person critically injured.

At the time of his demise, Fr. Onyutha was a parochial vicar at Saint Padre Pio Parish in Vineland.

Police identified the second victim only as a 44-year-old resident of the Williamstown section.

Fr. Alfred Onyutha (on black shirt and collar) with others

The police revealed that the accident occurred around 9:50 pm when Fr. Onyutha’s vehicle veered off its lane and struck an oncoming car on Tuckahoe Road at Sheridan Avenue.

According to the Daily Journal, the priest was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was flown to the trauma unit at Cooper University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Catholic herald, a  Catholic news agency also quoted  Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan of Diocese of Camden announcing the death of the priest.

The Diocese of Camden confirmed Fr. Alfred Onyutha’s death

‘With great sadness the Diocese of Camden announces the death of Father Alfred Onyutha, a priest of the Diocese of  Nebbi in Uganda, who has served in the Diocese of Camden since 2005.

Father Onyutha was most recently assigned as a parochial vicar at Saint Padre Pio Parish in Vineland’

Fr Onyutha, who hails from Nyapea parish, in Zombo district, was born on August 14, 1959.  He was ordained at the diocese  in 1990, by the late Bishop Fredrick Drandrua of Arua Diocese, who also served at St. Joseph Parish in Somers Point and Infant Jesus Parish in Woodbury Heights, the diocese said.

He served as well at Holy Angels Parish and Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, and Holy Family Parish in Sewell.

Before relocating to South Jersey, Onyutha served for 15 years in the Diocese of Nebbi.

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