Cops deny covering up fatal crash

2012-04-11 10:06
Matilda du Preez (Beeld)

Matilda du Preez (Beeld)

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Pretoria - Police on Wednesday denied covering up an accident in which a girl died after being hit by a car allegedly driven by a community policing member (CPF) in Hercules.

Captain Pinky Tsinyane said a case of culpable homicide had been opened and that the matter was being investigated.

Tsinyane said that once this investigation had been finalised, the national prosecuting authority would decide whether to prosecute.

She could not confirm whether the driver was indeed a CPF member.

Tsinyane said the schoolgirl was walking with her friends on Monday night when she was hit by a car. She was taken to hospital where she later died.

Details of the circumstances surrounding the accident were not yet known and statements were being obtained from witnesses, said Tsinyane.

Flung 47 metres

reported that Matilda du Preez died on Monday evening when she was apparently hit by a sector policing forum bakkie that was rushing to a crime scene.

She was holding her best friend’s hand while standing in the street when she was hit by the car. She flew about 47 metres through the air.

Matilda was the second child from Saamspan Primary School in Mountain View, Pretoria, to be involved in a serious car accident during the school holidays. A classmate, Jethro de Wit, 9, is fighting for his life in the ICU of the Unitas Hospital in Centurion after he was injured in a car accident on Wednesday. He was believed to have sustained brain injuries in the head-on collision in which his aunt, Engela Duncan, 50, died.

Matilda and Jethro were both in Grade 3.

“Today the school is overwhelmed by sadness,” principal Neels Geldenhuys said on Tuesday.

“I have felt like crying myself.”

On Tuesday, the first day of school, Geldenhuys heard from a schoolboy that Matilda had been hit by a car in front of her parents’ home.

Geldenhuys shared the news during assembly after getting confirmation from Matilda’s mother, Wendy du Preez.

Geldenhuys said they had a system at the school that when a pupil did well, he or she got a sticker from the principal.

Geldenhuys was to have given such a sticker to Matilda as she had received full marks for several spelling tests.

“Matilda was a beautiful child and popular with her friends,” said Geldenhuys.

- SAPA and Beeld

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