Young pupil killed in horror taxi crash

2015-07-23 06:01
Noxolo Mbense was killed when a taxi driver lost control and knocked into her near Somta Tools on Edendale Road.
PHOTO: 
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Noxolo Mbense was killed when a taxi driver lost control and knocked into her near Somta Tools on Edendale Road. PHOTO: supplied

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AN horrific accident claimed the life of a 13-year-old Russell High pupil, Noxolo Mbense, on Monday when a taxi driver lost control and knocked her and another pedestrian down on Edendale Road.

The full taxi was driving down Edendale Road towards the CBD when it smashed through the boundary fence of Somta Tools.

Witnesses said they heard the taxi’s brakes screech as the driver tried to stop in heavy traffic, before it hit the girl and a Somta Tools employee, Philani Nkabini.

“I heard the screeching tyres and saw the taxi hit the girl and the employee and come right through the fence,” said Somta Tools HR manager Malcolm Maistry.

Maistry said the girl was flung metres away, while Nkabini lay on the ground with his femur bone sticking out of his leg.

“I rushed to the employee first because I saw two nurses at the girl’s side. I just stood by him in shock while he bled and waited for paramedics to arrive,” said Maistry.

He said the taxi driver stood in shock watching his passengers rush out of the taxi, screaming.

Nkabini, who works in the dispatch department, was rushed to Edendale Hospital. It is believed he was then taken to Grey’s Hospital to undergo an emergency operation.

Maistry said Noxolo was the granddaughter of another Somta Tools employee, Israel Mbense.

“Noxolo was waiting outside my workplace for her mother to fetch her to take her to school. We are busy with funeral arrangements now,” said her distraught grand- father­.

Noxolo’s aunt, Sindile Mbense, said the family is taking her death “very badly”.

“Noxolo was a happy girl. She was always involved in sport and loved to play soccer. She was humble and loved to draw and paint.”

Noxolo was taken to St Anne’s Hospital where she succumbed to her internal injuries. Somta Tools finance manager Sharl van Rensberg said the company is saddened by the death of the grandchild of one of their employees and the serious injuries their employee sustained.

“We are absolutely horrified at this accident. We have pointed out to many authorities that this road is an accident hot-spot. A few years ago another Somta Tools employee was knocked by a speeding taxi and he is now disabled.

“We need speed humps and some kind of monitoring on this road,” said Van Rensberg.

ER 24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics treated six taxi passengers for minor to moderate injuries

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