Detectives in Meru have ruled out the possibility of foul play in the bizarre death of a prominent businessman at a filling station.

Police said they had to review CCTV footage from cameras at the National Oil filling station in Meru to ascertain that 62-year-old Luke Kiumbe Muriithi died in a bizarre self-involved accident.

Meru County Deputy Police Commander Francis Wahome said Mr Muriithi had driven into the petrol station to check his gas pressure in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

After completing the task, the businessman reportedly got into his BMW X5 but appeared to have hit the gas pedal although the vehicle was on reverse gear.

“The CCTV footage showed that the vehicle zoomed off on the reverse and threw the businessman out from the driver’s door. It rolled over hitting some pillars and was only stopped by a gas cylinder storage cage,” said Wahome.

Mr Muriithi was pronounced dead on arrival at the Meru Level Five Hospital and his body moved to the Meru Funeral Home.

According to reliable sources for the Standard, the businessman had spent most of Monday hopping from bar to bar in a drinking spree and his car was involved in a minor accident with another motorist at Makutano area.

The Police Commander said investigations into the incident were ongoing.