Blue light victim negligent - driver's lawyer

2013-09-04 09:07
Thomas Ferreira (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Accident victim Thomas Ferreira should be prosecuted for reckless or negligent driving, not the driver of the car in the collision, it emerged in court this week.

Beeld newspaper reported that defence lawyer Moses Rankoa said this when applying for the withdrawal of charges against Sergeant Joseph Semitjie, accused of reckless or negligent driving, malicious damage to property, failure to provide assistance to the injured at an accident, and inflicting injuries.

He was the driver for Humphrey Mmemezi, then Gauteng MEC for local government and housing, when he was involved in an accident in 2011 at an intersection on the R28 in Krugersdorp.

Ferreira was on his motorcycle when Semitjie allegedly drove his BMW X5 left of the yellow line in Paardekraal Drive, disregarding a red traffic light.

Ferreira, who was on Windsor Road, collided with the car in the middle of the intersection.

"The BMW was hit by the young man's motorcycle. It shows he either did not have the necessary skills or documentation to be on the road," Rankoa told the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court.

"It is actually he who should be charged."

Rankoa said when Semitjie switched on his blue light and siren, the BMW became a vehicle with privileges, and other motorists had to give way.

Magistrate AK Khan rejected Rankoa's application.

Semitjie was expected to testify on Wednesday.

- SAPA
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