Motorists warned to be cautious near bridges

2012-07-17 00:00

A SECURITY expert yesterday warned people to be cautious on approaching bridges when driving on freeways, especially at night.

Rene Minnaar, the owner of Minnaar Security, was speaking to The Witness after the manager of his company, Michael Nannucci (71) was killed after being struck by two bricks on Thursday last week. He had been driving under a pedestrian bridge on the N2 near the old Durban International Airport at the time.

Of Nannucci, Minnaar said: “He was an innocent person who did nothing wrong. This could happen to anyone.”

The Daily News reported yesterday that the bricks were tossed not far from an area that had been dubbed the “Hell Run” in the 1990s, after a spate of rock-throwing incidents.

Minnaar said that due to his experience in security, and having been a policeman in the past, he always exercised caution when approaching a bridge on the highway.

“When I approach a bridge, especially at night, I always do so cautiously and see if there is any movement above,” Minnaar said.

“An innocent party who does not know [to watch for movement] drives on without being cautious. Motorists need to be careful,” he said, adding that the public should be warned of the danger.

Minnaar said that just before Nannucci’s incident, a family from Johannesburg had escaped injury when another brick had been flung from the same spot. “The brick hit the front light of the car and they didn’t stop. They continued driving.”

He said the throwing of bricks had been prevalent in that area in the past. However, he had not heard of a similar incident in the last three years.

Although it was reported that nothing had been taken from Nannucci’s car, Minnaar said it was possible that the intention had been to rob him.

Minnaar said Nannucci — who had no children — leaves behind a twin sister, who lives in Port Elizabeth.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge confirmed the incident, and said no arrests had yet been made. He said that no other attacks had been reported.

• lunga.biyela@witness.co.za

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