Road rage attacker says sorry

2014-11-26 00:00

A ROAD rage victim and his attacker have “kissed and made up” four months after a horrific incident in central ­Pietermaritzburg.

Businessperson Ronnie Chetty was left bloodied and bruised after Darren Bennett allegedly smashed open the driver’s ­window of his car with an iron bar and hit him across the face.

It is understood that the pair met with their lawyers last week and made peace. This week, Bennett placed an apology in The Witness classifieds.

“I publicly and formally apologise to … Chetty for assaulting him in an incident which occurred on the 11th July, 2014, at the Church Street, N3, off-ramp. [I] ­express my sincere gratitude to him for ­affording me an opportunity to settle and resolve the matter with him,” Bennett wrote.

Chetty, of Orient Heights, was driving home when Bennett allegedly pulled up alongside him on the New England Road bridge and gesticulated to him to open the window. At the time, Chetty told The ­Witness that Bennett had sworn at him and accused him of being drunk.

He alleged Bennett got out of the car with an iron bar and smashed the tail light of his car, threatening to kill him.

“I put my hands to block the blows but he hit me across my face,” Chetty was quoted as saying at that time.

Now that’s all water under the bridge as the duo have settled their disputes and have moved on with their lives.

“We shook hands and I gave him a big hug,” said the big-hearted Chetty who runs Maritzburg Engineering, Letrush Steel and Engineering Supplies and ­Engineering and Training services. “I have accepted his apology. He came to work with his lawyer and we sorted things out. He is a young boy, and it takes guts and a brave man to say sorry. He seems very sorry. He kept on apologising and everybody needs a second chance in life.”

When approached for comment, ­Bennett said he was not interested in ­making any statements to the media.

“That matter is between me and Chetty and it has nothing to do with you as the public apology has been made. The matter has been resolved and is now behind us,” said an irate Bennett.

Chetty said he had no time to go to court and Bennett promised to go for counselling. “I said to him: ‘My boy, you have a great future ahead of you and don’t spoil it.’ He promised it would never ­happen again to anyone.”

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