Science journo killed giving driving lesson

2011-11-03 00:00

TRIBUTES have poured in for the well-known science journalist Christina Scott, who was killed on Monday morning in a freak accident.

Scott (49) was pinned against a tree by her own car after she gave one of her colleagues a driving lesson and the woman ran into her.

She had severe injuries to her head, pelvis and legs and died en route to hospital. The incident happened in the parking lot of the Black River Office Park in Observatory.

Scott was the managing editor of the company Research Africa. The head of Research Africa, Karen Bruns, said the company’s employees were very traumatised because they witnessed the incident. “We are really shocked about what happened. The incident is even more complex because there are legal proceedings against the employee who was driving the car. This is a very sad time because it’s such a big accident.”

Anso Thom, president of the South African Science Journalists Association, said she will especially be missed as a mentor to the many journalists in Africa. Scott was the president of the association between 2009 and 2010. “Her passion for science was infectious. She leaves a huge void.”

Scott’s estranged husband, Professor Martin Wittenberg formerly from Pietermaritzburg, said funeral arrangements are to be finalised.

Scott lived in Pietermaritzburg in the early 1990s.

She is also survived by her children Nozipho, Alexandra and Ben. Scott’s mother and sisters have come from Calgary in Canada for the funeral.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut, provincial police spokesperson, said the 30-year-old woman involved in the incident was arrested and will appear in court on a charge of culpable homicide.

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