NewsNOWKARONGA (Malawi NewsNow ) —A furious group of people in the northern region district of Karonga torched a vehicle that knocked down three cyclists because the driver was drunk and overspeeding.

According to Karonga police spokesperson Sub Inspector Enock Livason, a vehicle registration number CK 2980 was set on fire following after Danvan Msowoya, a driver, who people accused of being reckless hit three cyclists, leaving one with a serious injury.

Eye witnesses say the mob were struggling to drag the driver out of the car, apparently to lynch him, but he was rescued following the quick intervention of the police.

“We are losing lives due to over speeding motorists, so we want to teach the driver a lesson this time around for knocking down the cyclist,” one angry person was overheard saying.

Police confirmed that the driver was drunk and over speeding.