Young driver sings and dances after fatal crash

2014-07-28 00:00

A MOTORIST escaped the wrath of an angry crowd due to the timely arrival of police after an alleged hit-and-run accident in Ashdown early on Saturday morning.

The 25-year-old man allegedly knocked down and killed Mlungisi Mnikathi in Mpumalanga Road.

The young driver sped off, only to crash the Mercedes-Benz he was driving a short distance away.

Mnikathi, who died at the scene, had been on his way to Prestbury, where he was working part-time.

The community was fuming that the driver had not stopped to check on Mnikathi’s condition.

“We would not have caught up with him if it were not for the second accident where he crashed into someone’s fence, because he was trying to get away,” said an angry community member.

Some said he was lucky the police had responded quickly.

“We can’t allow drivers to get away with killing our people,” said an angry man.

Resident Petros Ngobese said he was awoken by a big bang as the car crashed into his fence. “I thought we were being attacked. I rushed out to see what was happening,” said Ngobese.

To his surprise, three men got out of the car.

“The driver was singing and dancing as if nothing wrong had happened,” said Ngobese.

Police said a man was arrested and charged with culpable homicide and reckless driving arising from the incident. He is in custody and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, a bakkie veered off the R103 at Nottingham Road and overturned, killing one person and seriously injuring three on Saturday, and a bakkie overturned along Edendale Road that afternoon, injuring a number of people.

Early yesterday morning a truck collided with a bakkie on the R34 in Zululand, injuring two people, while a man in his forties died after being struck by a vehicle on the M4 north near Glen Ashley, Durban.

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