Confused elderly man was not victim of a hit-and-run

2014-05-07 00:00

THE elderly man knocked down in Alexandra Road on Monday because two Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officers ignored a plea to help him, was not the victim of a hit-and-run.

A concerned resident, who did not want to be named, told The Witness that the driver had stopped at the scene of the accident and did not drive away as was reported. She confirmed that the victim was disorientated and said he appeared to suffer from dementia. She said he had wandered in front of a truck, which hooted at him. This seemed to give him a shock and he jumped into the path of an oncoming car.

Gavin Bloy, who passed the clearly distressed old man, asked two RTI officers to help get him off the road. They ignored his request and drove off. A short while later the man was knocked down. RTI has apologised for the incident, saying that their mandate was to save lives. Bloy was invited to lodge a complaint, which he did yesterday.

The resident who contacted The Witness felt that the family of the old man should have been more responsible in ensuring that he did not wander away from his house.

She said people who stopped at the accident seemed to know that he was from the Ridge Park area.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed yesterday that the circumstances surrounding the accident were being investigated and that the injured pedestrian remained in hospital.

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