Teen laid to rest, as separate accidents claim seven lives

2012-11-13 00:00

A PORT Shepstone family buried their 16-year-old son yesterday after he died in an accident on Marine Drive in Shelly Beach.

Atish Sewraj was one of the occupants of a vehicle in which the driver lost control before smashing into a tree on Friday night.

His uncle, Danny Govender, described him as a respectful and well-mannered young man.

“He was always willing to help others and was very obedient. We are all going to miss him dearly,” he said.

“He had planned to study electronic engineering once he had completed school,” said Govender.

Sewraj was in Grade 11 at Marburg Secondary School where he excelled in sport and academics.

He played on the school’s volleyball team and always gave his best, his coach Prenesan Naidoo said in a tribute at his funeral service yesterday.

“Atish was indeed a talented young man. He excelled academically and on the sporting field,” he said.

Naidoo said although he was a bit playful in class, he was still a committed pupil.

He added that Sewraj was also a good darts player

“I don’t think I have ever called him Atish on the volleyball court. It was always ‘Jumpers’,” he said.

He said he knows his volleyball team will feel his absence whenever they are on the court.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said a culpable homicide case is being investigated.

“The driver and another passenger were taken to hospital,” she said.

In another weekend incident, the death toll has risen to six after an accident on Saturday evening on the freeway near St Michaels, in the Margate area.

Wiid said the driver of an Isuzu bakkie with an ND registration and a canopy lost control of the vehicle, which skidded to the side of the road and overturned, coming to rest next to a tree.

Four people died on the scene and two died in hospital later.

Eight were seriously injured and one was critically injured. The occupants were apparently on their way to a funeral in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape.

A culpable homicide docket is being investigated and the vehicle was impounded to be mechanically examined by an expert, Wiid said.

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