Driver shot dead by hitchhikers

2014-10-16 14:40

A motorist was killed when hitchhikers he had picked up along the N17 near Alberton tried to hijack him.

The man’s passenger told police that they had stopped to pick up two men near the Alberton bridge. The men claimed to be going to Joburg.

The driver was shot in the head, allegedly when he tried to speed off.

“A driver from Buhle Park [Germiston] with a passenger in his Nissan LDV was shot dead on Wednesday at around 15h30 on N17 westbound near the Alberton bridge,” Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said today.

“The driver was fatally wounded when shot in the forehead. Apparently in an attempt to speed away, the deceased crashed the vehicle into the freeway barriers,” he said.

The two men fled the scene and were still at large. Kgasago warned motorists to be vigilant if their vehicles broke down in and around that location.

“Additionally, motorists are reminded that stopping on the freeway is an offence and a dangerous thing to do unless such action is beyond the driver’s control,” he said.

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