Cyclist causes fatal head-on crash

2010-08-08 22:30

Johannesburg – Two men died on Saturday on the road between Lichtenburg and Coligny in the North-West when they swerved to avoid a drunk cyclist.

According to Adéle Myburgh, police spokesperson, the driver of a VW Golf going in the direction of Coligny died at the scene. His two passengers were severely injured.

The driver of an Opel Corsa, who was alone in his car on the way to Lichtenburg when he crashed into the Golf, died shortly after arriving at hospital.

Myburgh said witnesses saw a drunk man swerving back and forth in the middle of the road. The Golf and the Corsa tried to avoid an accident but crashed into each other head-on.

The police are still looking for the cyclist who fled the scene.

A charge of culpable homicide is being investigated.

The names of the two men who died could not be released as their families have not yet identified them officially.

Hit tree

In another accident on Saturday in the early morning hours, Albert van der Westhuizen, 28, died instantly when he crashed his Ford Focus into a tree next to the N12 in Klerksdorp.

The accident occurred at the Pagel Bekker bridge.

Van der Westhuizen was alone in his vehicle.

“It’s not clear why he lost control of the car,” said Myburgh.

According to Chris Botha, Netcare 911 spokesperson, Van der Westhuizen was trapped in the vehicle when paramedics arrived at the scene.

He was already dead.