Crash claims work mates

2012-12-04 00:00

THE drivers killed in a head-on accident outside Zinkwazi on Saturday worked at the same company in Richards Bay.

Tanya Hartley-Marshall (35) and Jordache Cameron Doodhnath (20) were employed by Bell Equipment.

Hartley-Marshall’s son Jamie (11) and her niece Shiloh Cremer (3) died along with her.

Doodhnath was the only fatality among the people in his vehicle.

Hartley-Marshall was driving a Ford Figo towards Empangeni on the N2, when her car and Doodhnath’s GWM Steed collided on Saturday evening. Doodhnath was declared dead at Stanger Hospital.

Doodhnath and a group of teenage friends were heading to Aquafest, a beach party in Ballito, while Hartley-Marshall, her son and niece were expected to join family to watch a relative dance in the Fantasyland show.

The accident occurred near Nonoti Bridge.

The other six occupants of the GWM all survived, despite initial reports from the Road Traffic Inspectorate that two of the bakkie’s occupants had died.

Christo Pillay (18), Ruewayne Rungsamy (18), Brandon Moodley (18), Tachel Naidoo (18) and Sloan Naidoo (17) have since been discharged from hospital. Dillion Moodley (16) is still in a serious condition.

Most of the surviving teens were from John Ross College in Richards Bay.

Doodhnath’s father Harris said his son was studying to become a draughtsman. “He was focused. He didn’t drink, he didn’t smoke. He was a good son,” said Harris.

Doodhnath’s family held three funeral services yesterday: in Chatsworth, at his family home in Stanger and at the Stanger Baptist Church.

“I must express my condolences to the Hartleys and Marshalls in Empangeni and in time I would like to meet them,” said Harris.

Bell Equipment confirmed in a statement Doodhnath and Marshall were employed at the manufacturing plant in Richards Bay. Doodhnath had been employed since January in the tool and design team while Hartley-Marshall, a draughts­woman married to the company’s marketing manager for sales support, Ian Marshall, had been employed by Bell for 12 years.

Group chief executive officer Gary Bell extended the company’s condolences to both families.

A service for Hartley-Marshall and Jamie will be held on Friday at the NG Kerk Empangeni.

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