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Cyclist killed in road rage incident

2012-04-18 10:27

Johannesburg - A cyclist was killed when he was hit by a car on the Old Vereeniging Road in Alrode, Alberton on Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

"The incident is purported to be linked to road rage," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

A minibus taxi allegedly forced the car off the road after an altercation.

"The car then struck the cyclist who was flung from his bicycle."

Paramedics found the cyclist in a critical condition, and he later died on the scene.

Comments
  • Hlengiwe - 2012-04-18 10:30

    oh dear this is soo sad!

      Jack - 2012-04-18 10:56

      All these accidents involving taxi's and blue light vehicles, i ask... what is the underlining common denominator with all these incidents?

      Massey - 2012-04-18 11:26

      So true Jack, we all know the answer to that. Imagine how many lives will not be ruined and will be spared if taxi's start driving like normal humans!!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-04-18 12:21

      These are the same guys who get to drive on our highways without paying toll fees.

      Peter - 2012-04-18 16:07

      @Jack Common demoninator is that basic road manners no longer exist and this, I feel, is due to a lack of enforcement by the Metro cops. When a Metro cop asks for a bribe instead of issuing the fine, all the rules of the road are ignored. I blame Metro cop corruption. I feel very sorry for the honest cops, who are men/women of integrity.

  • Kala - 2012-04-18 10:32

    Taxis force other vehicles off the road all the time. It's not road rage it's plain disrespect for their fellow road users and the law.

      Andrew - 2012-04-18 13:37

      It's called Murder!!!

  • Carry - 2012-04-18 10:40

    THIS IS SO SAD AND UNNECSSARY. I HOPE THE TAXI DRIVER IS IN CUSTODY. HOWEVER, I ALSO LIVE IN ALBERTON AND I HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM WITH CYCLISTS. THEY RIDE SIDE BY SIDE AND DO NOT TUCK IN BEHIND ONE ANOTHER WHEN TRAFFIC APPROACHES. WHEN YOU ROUND A BLIND CORNER, YOU ARE CONFRONTED BY A LANE FULL OF CYCLISTS. SOME MORNINGS I TOO FEEL LIKE PLAYING SKITTLES WITH THEM. IT IS ALL FAIR AND WELL ASKING THE MOTORISTS TO PLEASE TAKE CARE FOR CYCLISTS ON THE ROAD, BUT THE CYCLISTS SHOULD TAKE CARE AS WELL.

      DJPotifar - 2012-04-18 10:42

      I wholeheartedly agree

      Felix - 2012-04-18 10:50

      Here here! (please use exclamation mark instead of caps)

      terry.wiegand - 2012-04-18 11:13

      Hi Carry, as a cyclist I think we need an overhaul of the cyclist road rules too. I feel that we should go the Jogging code of facing the oncoming traffic, but I am sure this option also has limitations and problems. The reason for this is that when we’re cycling down the road we have wind in our ears and concentrating on missing the pot holes or just plain breakage of the roads on the ends due to lack of maintenance. I recently had the situation where a head wind and doing 40 km/h and I only realised that there was a 16 wheeler truck passing me and it was 2 metres away from me before I heard it for the first time. So I don’t think that it’s all about being inconsiderate I think it’s more about not hearing the upcoming cars till they are right on the back wheel of the bike and then not having the time to go into a single file. I can assure you that no cyclist wants to take on a car as we all know who will be the loser. If cyclists adopt the oncoming traffic side of the road they will see the cars coming and I am sure that a mutually cautious approach will then transpire or we need dedicated cyclist lanes as in Cape Town and Europe.

      louode - 2012-04-18 11:32

      does not matter what you say, cyclist vs car is always an unfair match-up. Cars must look out for cyclist, cyclist must be considerate. But there is no excuse for hitting a cyclist (unleass a taxi bumps you into one)

      Peter - 2012-04-18 11:34

      Actually Carry --- The rule of "one abreast" is adhered to by MOST of us. The real issue is, dare I say it, Local Government incompetence. Come to CPT ... Look at how cyclists are catered for here ... then go to Gauteng and do a comparison. We have dedicated cycling routes and all (most?) the beginners stick to those. Motorists also respect the rights of cyclists. Please remember that, on a good road-bike, I average between 45 and 50 KpH. I respect the 1.5 metre rule. Most motorists here (except visitors from other provinces) also respect that rule. It has to do with attitude, and good infrastructure breeds good attitudes.

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-04-18 12:12

      As far as I know the 1.5 meter has not been signed into law yet. Does anyone know, I commute daily from Bellville North to the airport. Taxi almost pushed me into a car yesterday and seems like when that failed he tried to push me off the road. After that every time he passed me after dropping of someone, he stopped in front of me, till I caught and just as I wanted to pass he'd turn onto the road again, lucky for me there wasn't too much traffic, but if there was I would have probably ended up on a car's bonnet, or worse underneath

      Squeegee - 2012-04-18 12:23

      I wont read your post because you are screaming at me.

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-18 19:50

      This is why i ride an MTB. Off road. But taxi's drive there too, Joburg needs dedicated cycling lanes, but i suppose then the taxi's would be driving in them.

  • Dennis - 2012-04-18 10:40

    There we go with the TAXI'S again !!! Not too long ago, the SANTACO boss said they were training taxi drivers because it was OUR fault the taxi drivers drove like they do !!! GO FIGURE !!

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-18 10:49

      What, are you serious? Our fault? Mann, you gotta love this country!!!

  • Frank - 2012-04-18 10:41

    I am not even generalizing when I purposefully state that ALL SA minibus taxi drivers are vermin and should be exterminated!

      Kala - 2012-04-18 10:45

      Good idea Frank. Can we rely on you then to transport millions of South Africans to work everyday? Calling them to order and imposing hefty punishment on those breaking the law would be a better bet in my opinion. Charging them with culpable homocide if anyone is killed by their driving would be a good start.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-18 10:52

      This would be seen as a selfish complaint to some, but a PROPERLY run country would provide safe transport.

      Frank - 2012-04-18 10:59

      Kala, if they are exterminated, the entitled masses would find a way to sort out the problem you are raising, maybe by even firing the useless government we are stuck with! Alternatives are born out of necessity!!

  • Rob - 2012-04-18 10:44

    Another hater, with no respect for the laws of the land, causing misery, grief & death by his actions. Day in & day out this continues & some idiots post the normal drivel of...." Oh how sad RIP. " Lets rather be constructive & demand that these types of actions are severly punished. Make the TAXI OWNER responsible for the actions of his/her drivers. Suspend the owners operation. How much are we expected to take ?

      Pravda - 2012-04-18 11:25

      some points, if interpreted into english actually make a point. in the good old days we had putco that had according to rumour, actually a very good service. we only needed the valiant taxis for the outlying areas. now, the public transport is a joke. so what do we have? a bunch of pirates that believe the roads belong to them.

  • Bongani - 2012-04-18 10:48

    i think this is just a perfect excuse. how does a taxi force a car off road in such a high speed that can lead to a cyclist's death. i use a motor bike and i have seen our car drivers operate. yes taxi drivers have issues, but i find them to be very understanding compared to cars.

      J-Man - 2012-04-18 11:03

      You must be an "expert". Wow.

      Jack - 2012-04-18 11:07

      @bongani..."you find them to be very understanding" have you ever looked at the statistics...ie..as in how many accidents in South Africa involve taxi's? please educate yourself before posting total BS on this forum.

      Rob - 2012-04-18 11:17

      What would those issues be Bongani ? Here let me help you. 1. Typical arrogant attitude found in those with a victim mentality. 2. Inability to obey the traffic rules that apply to all motorists. 3. Complete disregard for the safety of passangers & fellow motorists. 4. And of course....the issue of believing that if a robot has just turned RED, you are able to drive through, because after all...it has JUST turned red. How most of these morons obtain their licences is beyond me !

      Bongani - 2012-04-18 11:28

      at jack i am talking about what i see every day. so before trying to be clever here just use your brain first. I saw 5 accidents on the road from Pretoria to Johannesburg this morning and none of them involved a taxi. if you hate taxies that must not cloud your thinking.

      Pravda - 2012-04-18 11:30

      @jack as i have just mentioned to rob, that thses pirates actually have taken over the roads, but i have to agree with bongani on the point that as a scooter commuter i actually fear and i mean really fear the tannies in their luxobarges. the taxis actally give the two wheeled comuters a wide berth. maybe its because most motorcycle commuters, as was written in the caxton rag. we carry pick axe handles with us.

      Peter - 2012-04-18 11:39

      Bongani --- I see you are either a taxi driver or taxi owner? Wake up. We have to face your kind everyday, and no, you are NOT considerate road users. Ok, maybe you are --- you consider the road your personal property and playground.

      koo.doyle - 2012-04-18 12:04

      You've clearly been riding with your eyes closed Bongani.

      Carla - 2012-04-18 12:31

      You obviously travel on a different highway to mine. Just this morning, a taxi twice attempted to force me off the road. Did the same to the cars behind me and I'm sure he carried on with his antics all the way to his destination. Why??? Because it's peak hour traffic and they think they should have special priveledges on our roads.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-18 12:51

      You on crack? It had a tendency to make you stupid.. I have nearly been forced off the road many times by these axxhole drivers who do what they want ALL THE TIME! They skip red robots, illegal u-turns in oncoming traffic - complete disregard, push in and in general drive like dxxks! They are carrying precious cargo - Lives! Perhaps they should think bout that and not the next buck they're going to make..

      ystervark - 2012-04-18 12:52

      I think you're a racist and an idiot for making such an bizarre comment.

      akaRags - 2012-04-18 22:34

      I avoid the taxi routes - the few times I use the taxi routes, I always see how recklessly

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-18 10:49

    8 out of 10 tragic road incidents involve taxis. That's terrible.

      Bongani - 2012-04-18 11:11

      you must be joking right? your statistics does not hold. compare number of cars to taxies and see if you are correct. South Africans are just not responsible drivers.

      Lorain - 2012-04-18 11:34

      @ Bongani can you honestly dispute that Taxis tend to be involved in alot more accidents?

      Bongani - 2012-04-18 12:02

      Lorain, taxies are a 0,0001% of the number of cars on the road, that simple means they can not have more accidents than general cars. We only hear more about taxies because they are considered public transport and their accidents generally involve more passengers. But to say 8 out of 10 tragic road incidents involve taxis is just absurd.

      Jack - 2012-04-18 12:35

      @BONGANI...look you really are making a fool of yourself...and frankly i'm sure your making alot of people embarrassed with your pure arrogance. Your knowledge of this matter is extremely poor and one can only conclude that you have no formal education. "0.0001%" ? Right, perhaps your brain power. Please do yourself a favour and look-up how many road deaths are a direct result of taxi's versus cars. PS please stop posting, because your just an embarrassment or perhaps your are the voice of the majority?.

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-04-18 13:21

      And 8 out of 10 stats are made up on the spot!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-18 14:23

      You are lying

  • Abdul - 2012-04-18 10:55

    WHEN will this lawlessness and recklessness STOP. Is life this cheap????Probably bought his licence from some unscrupulous licence examiner.....and then though he was above the law. what we need is a massive driver education initiative, that will TEACH untrained drivers what NOT to do. after this nobody can deny knowing...THEN LOCK UP ALL OFFENDERS...see the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom . very informative

  • Jaco - 2012-04-18 11:00

    Kala! The government should provide safe and affordable transport, the type you find in civilized countries. The only reason taxis are getting away with all of this madness is because of the connections they have in government.

      Pravda - 2012-04-18 11:31

      finally we see the light.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-04-18 11:10

    how many more people need to die at the hands of foolish drivers?

  • Israel - 2012-04-18 11:38

    Taxis again !!!!!!!!!!!!!the government should bring a proper solution in order to deal with such matters. Most taxi drivers they think they own the road. SHAME TO THIS TAXI DRIVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jason - 2012-04-18 11:54

    The taxi industry should be shut down ALL together.

      Israel - 2012-04-18 12:28

      Jason, I disagree. What will happen to those who don't afford to buy cars? you must think before saying anything. It does n't mean that because u can afford to hv one and anyone does.

  • Mike - 2012-04-18 11:58

    FU@#$%^&*()))ing pathetic. ZA is starting run out of control,And believe me I am not a doomsday fu@#$%^&*()ing prohpet

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-18 13:05

    Taxi involved?. No charges will be laid, he is a brother.

  • Ian - 2012-04-18 13:16

    Narrow minded people will call for the taxi industry to be shut down instead of working to correct the wrongs. With unemployment so high, we can not afford to shut it down. One taxi alone supports four to five families I.e. Owner, driver, mechanic, spare shops, the mama who cooks and sell food at the taxi rank and all other vendors. So if you are narrow minded or fail to use the brain you will call for it to be shutdown. I agree there are problems. Oh! let me add, that maid and garden you pay peanuts is using a taxi because they can not afford a car. Think out of the box before u comment.

  • Elize - 2012-04-18 13:38

    Thats why I always say if you value your life and that of your children ignore these taxi's no point getting into a fight with them it will get you nowhere.

  • Dieter - 2012-04-18 13:41

    its not just taxi drivers, i was almost forced off the road this morning buy i guy trying to beat a few car before he got stuck in traffic, Some people just dont know how to drive and with all the deaths on our roads you would think people would be more carefull.

  • goodman.segage - 2012-04-18 17:19

    Yaa this is serious in roads, I usggest that I passengers prepare their cameras or videos. I think video taping and post on social networks. Or the minister open an oline site whereby all pictures and videos of these potential risk drivers can be tracked down and dealt with accordingly. I know it might be risk when comes to posting of pictures, but one can monitor all the postings before the public see them. Hopefully this attempt can do lot easy for ourbrothers n sister. Can somebody this, and ask Minister Sbu Ndebele if they can't debate it. Hope hearing from you maNEWS24 forum n facebook friends.

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-18 19:29

      www.drivelikeachop.co.za

  • Michael - 2012-07-03 10:02

    murder and mayhem under the rainbow...will it ever change....a resounding through the centuries NO!

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