Carl Pistorius crash: police to investigate reckless driving

2014-08-02 16:32

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An accident outside Modimolle that involved Carl Pistorius – the older brother of murder-accused Paralympian Oscar – is being investigated.

“We have opened a case of reckless or negligent driving and police and the Limpopo traffic department are investigating,” Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said today.

“The information will be collated into a centralised docket that will be sent to the director of public prosecutions for a decision.”

Paramedics had to use the jaws-of-life to free Carl Pistorius after his car collided head-on with another car last night at around 8pm.

“Mr Pistorius was taken to a Pretoria hospital and the other driver was taken to a local hospital after they were freed last night,” Mulaudzi said.

“Mr Pistorius had two other occupants inside his car, but they were not injured. Reports indicate that the other driver was alone, but this can’t be confirmed. Both drivers had serious injuries. We suspect internal injuries.”

This morning, the Pistorius family said Carl was “out of danger” after the accident.

“Carl’s vehicle was hit head-on by another car that had swerved from the opposite side of the N1 highway into oncoming traffic,” his uncle Arnold Pistorius said.

“Carl was badly hurt, but we are thankful that he is out of danger. He was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria.”

Carl Pistorius was returning from a business trip to Polokwane yesterday evening. A colleague was following him and witnessed the accident, his uncle said.

Further details of the injuries were not immediately available.

In May last year, Carl Pistorius was acquitted of a culpable homicide charge.

The Vanderbijlpark Magistrate’s Court also acquitted him of alternative charges of reckless or negligent driving and driving without reasonable consideration for another road user.

He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

His bakkie collided with Maria Barnard’s motorbike on March 8 2008. She died in hospital a few days later.

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