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by Staff - December 15, 2014

BEDFORD, TX (12/14/2014) — 23-year-old Vivence Bugilimfura has been arrested following an early Sunday morning auto accident which claimed the life of Lynker Kabera and left seven other people hospitalized.

Vivence Bugilimfura

Vivence Bugilimfura | Credit: Bedford PD

The accident occurred at around 4:45 a.m. when, according to reports, Vivence Bugilimfura was driving a van in the eastbound TEXpress toll lanes of Airport Freeway (Highway 183) when he lost control of the vehicle at the Texas 121 and Texas 183 split near Central Drive. The van crashed into an impact barrier and rolled over, ejecting all nine people inside. The van then caught fire after the accident.

Two of the victims were taken by air ambulance (CareFlite) to hospitals in Fort Worth. The other occupants were transported to area hospitals by ground ambulance. Lynker Kabera later passed away at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Those injured in the car accident were:

  • 21-year-old Sandra Ineza Niyibizi (a senior in a college in Maryland, who is reportedly in a coma).
  • Marie Blanche Gahozo (a graduate of Buena Vista University [BVU]).
  • 27-year-old Cedric Somayire (a student in Cedar Rapids, Iowa).
  • 22-year-old Ornella Mugabo (a BVU graduate).
  • Christelle Gihozo
  • and 24-year-old Bob Masunzu (a Burundian national).

Police arrested the driver, Vivence Bugilimfura, at the scene. “He later claimed injury and was taken to the hospital, but was medically cleared from the hospital shortly after his arrival and was returned to jail,” said Bedford police Lt. David Smith. “It appears they were returning to Dallas from a graduation party in Fort Worth.”

Bugilimfura has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of 21-year-old Lynker Kabera, and also faces charges of driving while intoxicated and intoxication assault.

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