Car stoners strike again, slab hits car bonnet

2012-11-15 00:00

WHAT was meant to be a fun evening out for the Soni family of Mountain Rise turned into a nightmare on Tuesday.

A concrete slab was thrown at their car as they approached the Masukwana [East] Street and Manning Avenue intersection.

On Diwali, Sanjay Soni (48) and his wife Pravina (41) were taking their two sons, Vishay (17) and Vimal (12), out for the evening.

Soni, who was driving, said the slab came from the left side of the road, flew across, and smashed the bonnet on his side.

“It just appeared out of nowhere and I watched it fly across the front of the car,” he said.

Vimal, who was sitting at the back, said he heard a bang the moment the slab hit.

“I could tell we had hit something,” Vimal said.

“It was dark. The rock looked like it had been catapulted onto the road. I continued driving. I returned home and dropped off my family before going to the police station,” said Soni

He said he had been taking his children out for Diwali.

Had the rock gone through the window, the result could have been devastating, he added.

The incident happened on the same street where a number of cars were attacked in morning rush hour traffic on Monday. It also came just over a week after Ashburton motorist Winton Long escaped with just a scratch when a rock was thrown at him while he drove on the N3 near the Northdale turn-off.

The rock went through his windscreen and hit him on the arm.

Soni said he had heard of Monday’s incident and was speaking about it to his wife just moments before his car was hit.

He added that people should be more aware when travelling on that stretch of road and said he would like to see more police patrolling the street. “I think they need to create some sort of presence in the area,” he said, adding he would also like to see more lighting.

The damage to his car could cost as much as R11 000 to repair. He had it assessed yesterday.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a case of malicious damage to property was being investigated.

No arrests have been made.

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