KZN newlyweds killed in car accident

2013-12-17 00:00

A NEWLYWED couple died in a head-on collision near Margate while on their way to their honeymoon early yesterday morning.

Ashlee Reddy (30) and Deepika Reddy (27), who were married in Merebank on Sunday at a Hindu ceremony, were travelling to Peermont Mondazur Hotel and Spa, San Lameer, when just after midnight they were involved in a head-on collision, killing both of them on impact.

A third person in the opposite vehicle was also killed and one other critically injured, who was taken to Netcare Margate Hospital.

Family spokesperson Dhenesh Singh said the family was “very emotional having celebrated a day of such joy and hours later suffering terrible grief”.

“They were such a bubbly couple. They were living in Midrand and came home to Durban to get married. The accident occurred just after midnight. This must be investigated by the authorities,” said Singh.

The funeral is to be held today at Ashlee’s family home in uMhlatuzana, Chatsworth.

The accident brings the total number of traffic fatalities in the province to 58 since December 1, according to the KZN Department of Transport.

According to paramedics, the roadway was “severely obstructed with the crumpled remains of the vehicles”, and the victims were trapped in the “twisted metal”.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha called the accident tragic, but said the R61 on which they had been travelling was notorious for head-on collisions due to it being a narrow back road.

“It is single lane road. There was rain on Sunday evening, so the visibility would not have been good. Added to this, there are always animals on the road, while commuters are known to overtake dangerously when passing slower vehicles,” said Botha.

Provincial Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said MEC Willies Mchunu was still waiting for a full report, but was saddened by the accident.

“He has asked for an investigation to be made into the causes of the accident, and his thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ncalane said yesterday afternoon a man was arrested on the N2 near Park Rynie for clocking 221 km/h.

“The BMW Z4 with no number plates was stopped by traffic officers. The driver was later released on R5 000 bail,” he said.

On Sunday afternoon, a 55-year-old woman died and the male driver was seriously injured when on the N2, between Umhlanga and Sibiya Casino,their vehicle veered off the road, slammed into a tree and rolled down an embankment.

Also on Sunday, an accident on Edenvale Road, Pietermaritzburg, left 16 people injured. Four occupants were treated for moderate injuries and the remaining 12 for minor injuries, when a small passenger vehicle collided into the side of a minibus taxi. On Sunday evening, a vehicle veered off Bellair Road, Durban, and plunged into the nearby canal. Remarkably, the driver only suffered a fractured leg and was conscious when paramedics arrived.

Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesperson Thato Mosena said a weekly December traffic report will be released today.

Last week the report said 261 people had died in traffic accidents nationally this month, while 218 accidents had been recorded, with 49 in KZN.

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