School head’s husband killed

2011-01-25 00:00

PETER Akerman (63), the husband of the head of Girls’ High School, Mary-Ann Akerman, was killed yesterday when a Nissan bakkie believed to be owned by the Transport Department hit his car side-on.

The accident happened on the New Greytown Road near the D173 road.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the bakkie struck the door of Akerman’s car and he was declared dead on the scene. The bakkie driver was seriously injured.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said a case of culpable homicide has been opened.

Akerman’s daughter-in-law described him as a loving grandfather, patient, kind and generous.

The Akermans have three sons, Jonathan, Matthew and Simon. The eldest, Jonathan, said: “My father was a humble man who did good things for people without expecting any recognition.”

Akerman was a city engineer for Pietermaritzburg before he retired.

“My father was a deeply spiritual man who really understood the suffering of human beings,” said Jonathan.

In another accident, a 31-year-old man escaped with minor injuries when he lost control of his bakkie and crashed down an embankment into thick bush in Northdale. Jackson said the bush stopped the bakkie plunging further and the driver managed to walk up the bank

A collision in Prince Alfred Street left two people in a serious condition and another six with minor injuries. A taxi hit a car and then crashed into a tree, said Jackson. The seriously injured taxi driver had to be cut from the wreck. The driver of the car was also seriously injured. Six passengers in the taxi suffered cuts and bruises. It is believed that the taxi had a mechanical problem, causing the driver to lose control and crash head-on with the car.

In an accident last Thursday not previously reported, Sashin Sathipersad of Howick was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Victoria Road. A culpable homicide case has been opened.

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