Alcohol and arguments kill three in separate crashes on roads

2011-08-01 00:00

ALCOHOL and arguments are the probable causes of the deaths of two young men and a baby, who died in separate vehicle crashes on the South Coast during the weekend.

A man in his late twenties died and another was injured in a head-on collision on the R61 between Ramsgate and Port Shepstone yesterday morning. According to police reports the driver of the Golf had been travelling south when he made a U-turn on the road and collided head on with a Mercedes.

“The man in the Golf died on the scene of the accident due to multiple injuries sustained during the collision,” said Port Shepstone police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid. She said it is speculated that the man had an argument with his wife before he left his home.

Both drivers were trapped in the wreckage when paramedics arrived on the scene. The driver of the Mercedes, who also sustained injuries, was treated before he was removed from the vehicle and taken to the Port Shepstone hospital.

The second young man died in an unrelated crash after the Toyota Hilux bakkie he was travelling on through Ifafa, flipped and landed on him on Saturday.

Deral Chetty (30) from Durban was celebrating a stag-weekend when tragedy struck. Chetty together with another occupant, were on the back of the bakkie. According to police reports they were travelling on a dirt road around a bend when the vehicle flipped. The other occupant was thrown clear off the bakkie. Chetty was still in the bakkie when it flipped and landed on him,

The police indicated that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and tested to be over the limited. He was arrested on charges of culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and driving under the influence. A case has been opened against the driver. He was let out on R1 000 bail.

In another South Coast accident, a three-month-old baby died when a car overturned on the N2 near Paddock on Saturday. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and culpable homicide. Five critically injured people were taken to Murchison Hospital.

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