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A motorcade carrying Haiti's prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant, to the southern city of Les Cayes on Monday, struck two teenage boys, killing one them. The Prime minister was traveling to the third largest city of the country, to personally witness devastation left by recent torrential rains.

Serge Daniel, a government official who was traveling in Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant's motorcade, said one of the vehicles accidentally struck two adolescents who darted into the road on a motorbike.

The motorcade continued on to its destination after a brief stop as the badly injured teenagers lay on the road waiting for medical attention, angry locals responded by sparking a tire-burning protest.

Police officers rushed the boys to a public hospital, but one was declared dead on arrival.


Mayor Jean Gabriel Fortune said Lafontant, a physician who was approved last month as Haiti's No 2 official, agreed to put the survivor on a government helicopter for treatment in the capital of Port-au-Prince.

It was not clear if the motorcade was speeding or if the boys were driving recklessly.

Monday's trip was meant to show government solidarity with victims of downpours that have saturated much of Haiti, triggering flooding in low-lying areas and causing at least two deaths in the struggling southwest region that was slammed by Hurricane Matthew last year.