Greytown man says young victims of fatal crash were drag racing

2014-09-11 00:00

“WE are lucky to be alive. I am still traumatised.”

These were the words of Funo­kwakhe Gcaba, who along with his wife, Xolile Ximba, survived the tragic accident that claimed the lives of two men in New Greytown Road last Friday night.

The Witness reported that the accident happened while the two victims, Teven Maistry (17) and Rowan Naidoo (22) were allegedly drag racing.

The families of the two men denied the allegation, but yesterday Gcaba told The Witness that it was indeed true.

Gcaba was discharged from Northdale Hospital on Tuesday, but his wife is still hospitalised. She is unable to walk due to injuries to both legs.

Gcaba sustained head, chest and knee injuries.

The couple were travelling in a Toyota Hilux bakkie when the Honda in which Maistry and Naidoo were driving collided head on with them.

Gcaba insisted the men had been drag racing despite their families’ denials. He said the Honda was swerving from side to side across the road as it approached.

A Golf, which he alleged was trying to race the Honda, got away on the other side.

Recuperating at his Greytown home in Ngome, Gcaba told of their ordeal. “The brakes did not help. There was nothing I could do as there was no space to avoid the crash,” he said.

“It all happened so quick. When their car crashed into us, I managed to get out. My wife was trapped in the wreckage. She was screaming. I tried to open the door for her, but I couldn’t because of pain. It was traumatic.”

The stretch is notorious for being a hotspot for drag racing enthusiasts.

“They were drag racing. It was not the first time seeing them. I had seen them racing before,” Gcaba claimed.

“I cannot walk properly. I’m in a lot of pain,” he said.

The city’s illegal drag racing scenes have been the cause of many accidents and have claimed the lives of drivers in the past.

There have been complaints about the dangers of the illegal sport on public roads.

After another drag racing accident last month, Msunduzi Municipality Speaker Babu Baijoo told The Witness the city is committed to finding a venue for legal racing.

“The land requirements for a permanent site are being investigated. There are objections both internally and externally, which we are trying to overcome,” Baijoo said at that time.

Provincial police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said yesterday illegal racers would be brought to book.

“We will not tolerate those drag racing drivers who put the lives of other people in dangers,” Zwane said.

“We appeal to the community to report these people to the police so that they will be arrested.”

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash.

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