Two children killed: drunk driver blamed

2011-03-21 00:00

THE start of the long weekend saw seven people die on KZN’s roads in what Transport MEC Willies Mchunu called a “totally unacceptable” death toll.

Two teenagers of Sinevuso High School in Ixopo were killed on Saturday when the taxi they were travelling in collided with a truck that allegedly failed to obey a stop sign.

Noxolo Ndlovu and Sindiswa Mtolo were among 10 pupils who were returning to their school following a maths workshop at nearby Phola High School that was attended by pupils from 15 schools around Ixopo.

Eight other Sinevuso pupils are still receiving treatment for their injuries at the Edendale and Christ the King hospitals.

KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Senzo Mchunu told The Witness:

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of these learners, and our condolences go out to the parents and extended family, teachers and fellow learners of Sinevuso High School.

“From what we gather, the two learners, Noxolo Ndlovu and Sindiswa Mtolo, were quite promising and aspired to become engineers. The death has therefore robbed us in KwaZulu-Natal and this country of future engineers. We are deeply saddened by their passing. May their souls rest in peace. We wish the eight other learners a speedy recovery so they can be reunited with their families.”

Another two children were killed in an accident on the N3 near the Tugela toll plaza in a collision on Saturday night.

The driver of a VW SUV allegedly lost control of the vehicle, veered across the median and collided head-on with a Bantam bakkie. The children and another two people who also died were in the Bantam. The SUV driver was arrested for alleged drunken driving and is in police custody.

In other accidents, a young woman lost control of her vehicle on the N3 near the Mooi River toll plaza on Friday afternoon, smashing into the barriers and coming to rest on the opposite side of the road. She was taken to St Anne’s Hospital for treatment.

A 35-year-old man was critically injured while trying to cross Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street in Pietermaritzburg on Friday evening.

Also in Pietermaritzburg, a 39-year-old man sustained serious injuries when his Nissan sedan collided with a bakkie in West Street yesterday.

Vanessa Jackson of ER24 said the driver of the Nissan had to be cut free with the jaws of life, and suffered broken bones and multiple deep cuts.

In eKuvukeni, a pedestrian was killed when he was knocked down by a truck on Friday.

Mchunu said he was saddened by the weekend’s road death toll.

“It is totally unacceptable to lose so many lives in just one weekend,” he said, adding that the authorities are keen to make an example of the driver of the SUV, who was allegedly drunk at the time of the accident.

“We want to intensify our naming and shaming campaign so that we expose to the world the culprits in so many accidents that end up claiming people’s lives.”

— Witness Reporter.




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