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Car speeds off after killing cyclist

2012-04-06 20:43

Johannesburg - A cyclist was killed when a car knocked him down on the Heidelberg road in Elspark on the East Rand on Friday evening, paramedics said.

"The vehicle fled the scene," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffery Wicks.

He said the man was riding at the roadside when a passing vehicle struck him.

He was thrown from the bicycle and into the carriageway, he sustained critical injuries and died on the scene.

Comments
  • anthonyralphwilson - 2012-04-06 21:01

    i hope they catch that barstard and charge him/her with murder

      Castle - 2012-04-07 14:52

      that will not happen cos I'm sure it was a drunk policeman who was speeding cos he was carrying stolen stuff or drugs.

      diane.grundlingh - 2012-05-29 10:04

      I agree with you 100%, what a damn moron selfish ass

  • Inkwazi - 2012-04-06 21:11

    where are all the metro cops that have been deployed all around gauteng....'they are probably busy soliciting bribes and letting drunken drivers go, this man's blood is on their hands' REST IN PEACE BRA, and to the heartless motorist life has a way of getting even!

      Vic - 2012-04-06 21:50

      Inkwazi, don't be a dimwit!This article doesn't warrant such an idiotic comment. It's impossible for the Metro police to be everywhere.

      Azande - 2012-04-06 22:41

      Inkwazi is just expressing his frustration, yes its way far fetched.

  • samgaf - 2012-04-06 22:20

    The roads are already in chaos,with the taxis,broken traffic lights, potholes,jaywalkers,drunks ect,maybe the joggers and cyclists should find another exercise indoors or practice away from the cities.20yrs ago it was safe to jog or cycle or walk about,NOT ANYMORE!!!!!!How many more cyclists and joggers must die before people catch a wake-up.

      Dawn - 2012-04-07 07:15

      @samgaf,I understand what you mean by find another exercise indoors or practice away from cities..but not all cyclist can afford it like that...my fiancé starts from home,in all good Faith...and his love ones don't stop praying until his back...and that is sad...yes it's true..SA is not road worthy anymore,and I think a lot of people adjusted to it. Nothing is as they used to be...metro (ag pls),but once cycling is in your blood!you don't get it out that easy...to all cyclist out there...be safe!!! And enjoy the ride!

      Rob - 2012-04-07 08:49

      samagaf: Firstly, maybe the cyclist was going to work! More importantly, roads are public spaces for the enjoyment (or frustration) of all. It is true that many, if not most, roads now resemble sewers or bombsites.....but taking your view that we should adjust by going indoors to exercise is tantamount to endorsing the neglect that is creating the deterioration. Surely we can expect municipalities to be more responsible and ensure the safety of ALL road users. Put another way....Public spaces are just that and we need to protect them and reverse the current trend of abandonment

      comurray - 2012-04-07 10:13

      This happened in the evening, they don't say whether it was dusk or even dark. Was the cyclist wearing reflective clothing. All these points should be made known within the news report.

      Lylanie - 2012-04-09 10:50

      Easier said then done, what about us, professional cyclists? This is our job (how we make a living with a God given talent)

  • Azande - 2012-04-06 22:38

    Let me guess, the person has no licence, selling dope and was driving a stolen car.

      diane.grundlingh - 2012-05-29 10:06

      Probably another drunken driver, its just pathetic

  • Mbongeni - 2012-04-06 23:24

    dont worry abt the driver that sped away...the picture of the accident is going to haunt him or her till he or she crawls to the nearest SAPS whr they willbe waiting with open hand cuffs

      Azande - 2012-04-06 23:38

      True, however what if the culprit was highly drink and will not remember anything about how (s)he made it home? Just a thought.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-07 00:03

      @Azande - if a person gets so far out of it that they don't know how they got home. they must be very afraid. And if anyone has ever allowed someone to drive in such a state they should also be very afraid.

      Azande - 2012-04-07 00:18

      @lacrimose, fair comment there. the reality is, there are idiots driving with us in the roads in that very state. an idiot wont be ashamed to say "i dont know how i got home", bear in mind he was not driven home, he actually did himself. hard, sad and scary fact. God be with us.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-07 00:37

      @Azande - then it's time we stopped seeing as the "forgot how we made it home" syndrome as cool. It's time we got very disgusted and disappointed and just generally dis'd. It's not just up to the cops to enforce, somewhere, somehow, people have to develop a conscience and not a super-hero syndrome for beating the odds.

  • Raj - 2012-04-07 00:38

    What goes around will eventually come around. Somebody out there must have witnessed the accident and will report it to the police. This bad element in society must have been either not in a sober state of mind or unlicensed, he thinks he is going to get away with it. I hope and pray that someone has taken down his vehicle registration so that he can be traced and justice will be served. A hit and run is a criminal offence, had this person stopped and seeked medical help maybe the cyclist would have survived.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-07 10:05

    To the driver of that car. Come forward and face the music you coward. You were obviously in the wrong either buy speeding or buy being drunk. Otherwise you would've stopped. Your conscience will get the better of you sooner than you think.

  • Nigel - 2012-04-07 10:17

    bastard

      Arvin - 2012-04-07 15:02

      Insulting bastards. Bastards dont do that. They are just born illegitimately. Not their fault.

  • Mandla - 2012-04-07 16:34

    I feel sorry for most of these poor guys because most of them they cycle on the wrong side of the road that is facing the on-coming traffic which according to me makes it very easy for them to be knocked down. Unless they change this, these will be frequent news headlines. Where I stay, Alberton South, on average, 2 get hit every month because of them riding on the wrong side of the road.

  • Alex - 2012-04-07 19:42

    This killing is to much, Farmers, Rhino's and no justice, even if they had this guy who knocked over the cyclist nothing would be done about it. Had enough now!

  • Grant - 2012-05-29 10:40

    no respect for life..

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