New Golf VII in fatal crash before launch

2013-01-28 00:00

UPINGTON — The head of finances at the South African National Parks’ arid parks, Raymond Jansen (38), and his 10-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, died in a head-on collision with a new Volkswagen Golf VII.

This model will only be officially launched in South Africa on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Sergio Kock confirmed Jansen and his daughter died on Saturday, some 50 km from Upington on the road to the Kgalagadi transfrontier park.

He said a case of culpable homicide had been opened.

Their car collided with a new Golf VII, which was driven by Benjamin Werks­hage (28), who works for Volkswagen.

Both vehicles caught fire.

A motorist who saw the crash pulled Jansen’s wife, Amanda (40), their children, Kaitlyn and Raymonde (one), and Werkshage to safety.

Jansen was trapped in the wreckage and burned to death.

Kaitlyn suffered fatal head injuries and died on the scene.

Amanda and Raymonde Jansen were hospitalised at Mediclinic Upington, each with a broken bone.

Werkshage, who was alone in the Golf VII, suffered internal injuries and an injury to his shoulder. He underwent surgery yesterday.

The Jansen couple were travelling to their home in the transfrontier park after visiting their other son, Bradley (16), at the hostel at Duineveld secondary school in Upington.

Signs outside Upington warn all drivers that test drivers use the road to conduct high-speed testing of new vehicles.

Matt Gennrich, GM of communications at Volkswagen SA, confirmed yesterday that Werkshage worked for Volkswagen, but said he could not comment until he had more details on the tragic incident.

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