Family killed in car chase crash

2010-01-25 00:00

A YOUNG couple and their two-month-old baby son were killed in a head-on collision with hijackers between Derby and Rustenburg at the weekend.

Johan Fourie (30), his wife Talita (25) and their son Tiaan, were killed on impact when a Toyota Condor taxi, in which hijackers were fleeing from the police, collided head on with the Mazda 323 which they were travelling in on their way home to Derby from Rustenburg.

The driver of the Condor, who had been hijacked between Klerksdorp and Ventersdorp, was also killed in the accident. The two suspected hijackers and the driver of an Isuzu bakkie that crashed into a police vehicle at the scene of the accident were injured.

“A new future awaited them. Then it began so disastrously. They died in the prime of their lives,” said Talita Fourie’s mother, Petro de Bruin. “Their darling little boy would have been three months old on Wednesday.”

The police tracked the Condor just outside Ventersdorp on the R30 between Derby and Rustenburg. A wild car chase followed during which the police and the hijackers exchanged fire.

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