Motorist flees minor crash, ploughs into work site

2008-04-11 00:00

A RECKLESS driver wrought havoc on the N3 yesterday when he hit another car, sped away to avoid pursuing traffic officers and then ran over a road construction worker.

He then tried again to escape before he was stopped by police, who arrested him.

Before he knocked down construction worker Bonga Gwala (29), of Hammarsdale, near the Cedara off-ramp, the Tata bakkie driver had already caused another accident near the Hilton off-ramp, which prompted the police to chase him.

Eyewitness Willie Schoeman said he was driving over the Cedara overhead bridge when he saw a man “flying”, having being hit by the vehicle.

“I immediately stopped my car to see what was happening. The bakkie tried to speed away, but police managed to stop it. The driver didn’t appear to be drunk to me when police got him out of the car,” said Schoeman.

Another witness said the reckless driver approached the construction site area hooting and not looking at the road, after he nearly bumped into yet another vehicle. He then veered across the road cones demarcating the construction site area and knocked into Gwala.

Transport spokeswoman Zinhle Mgomezulu confirmed the incident, and added that the driver was arrested by the SAPS.

Mngomezulu said the whole drama started near the Hilton off-ramp when the driver bumped into an Ezemvelo Wildlife Toyota Venture whose occupants apparently threatened him and tried to apprehend him, before he sped away.

Police saw the commotion and gave chase.

It appears that the driver lost control of the vehicle as he failed to negotiate a bend under the Cedara bridge as the road became narrower due to construction.

“Police interrogated him about his reckless driving. He said he panicked after missing the Hilton off ramp and lost control of the car, which led to him bumping into the Venture. But when asked why he sped away after the first incident, he just kept quiet,” said Mngomezulu.

Gwala suffered a cut to the head and was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital late yesterday.

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