Woman killed by concrete block

2010-11-04 00:00

A 23-YEAR-OLD woman died in a Durban hospital from internal injuries after a concrete block thrown off a bridge crashed through the windscreen of the car she was travelling in and landed on her lap on Tuesday night.

She died in hospital yesterday morning.

ER 24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the woman, known only by her surname, Zulu, had been travelling along the N3 westbound between Sherwood and Spaghetti Junction.

She was a passenger in the vehicle and the driver was not hurt.

Banks said the concrete block went through the windscreen and landed on her lap.

“ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found the patient in the passenger seat with the concrete block still on her lap. She had sustained serious injuries and needed advanced life support intervention,” Banks said.

After the woman was stabilised, she was then taken out of the car with specialised equipment and taken to a nearby hospital in a serious condition.

“As paramedics arrived at the hospital, the patient started to deteriorate. The trauma staff stabilised the patient further and rushed her to surgery. Unfortunately the patient passed away due to extensive internal injuries.

“It is believed that the concrete block had been thrown from an overhead bridge that runs over the N3 between Sherwood and Spaghetti junction,” Banks said.

He said such incidents have not happened in Durban the past two or three years.

He said the motive usually associated with the action is robbery and hijacking.

“Criminals would throw a block and when the occupants of vehicle stop to investigate what has happened, they are robbed and hijacked on the spot,” he said.

Banks described the concrete block as “quite big, about a metre long”.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said a case of murder and malicious damage to property is being investigated.

He said the matter was reported yesterday at the Westville Police Station and a preliminary investigation has begun.

He said it was still unclear whether the block had been thrown by somebody with criminal intentions and that this would be answered once the investigation is concluded.

“At the moment we cannot say whether she was hit with the object or whether the object fell off the bridge by accident.

“What we know is that a large block of cement came off the bridge and injured her severely and she was confirmed dead this morning,” he said.

He said that if the investigation proves that the object had been thrown at her, for whatever reason, a criminal charge would stand, but if proved otherwise, an inquest would be opened.

Mdunge said the full name of the victim had not been released as her family had not yet been informed.

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