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Epileptic fit caused baby's crash death

2012-08-13 12:41

Johannesburg - A baby boy died when a driver had an epileptic fit and crashed into a mother and four children in Soweto on Monday, said Johannesburg emergency services.

The 39-year-old woman was walking with her children, aged between 16 and 6-months, in Meadowlands, when the driver of a Mercedes-Benz lost control of the vehicle and it hit them, spokesperson Synock Matobako said.

The baby died at the scene. Two of the children were seriously injured. The mother and the fourth child sustained moderate injuries, he said.

The driver of the car was also seriously injured.

Matobako described the accident as "a great tragedy".

Comments
  • greg.botha.75 - 2012-08-13 13:17

    A tragedy for all involved...

      kabelo.leballo - 2012-08-13 13:43

      I think people with epilepsy shouldn't drive... for obvious reasons. its not that I'm discriminating..

      Matthew - 2012-08-13 13:56

      Not discriminating at all Kabelo.Its a valid point of concern and something that should be taken alot more seriously. Its come up for debate on several instances.

      deirdre.maule - 2012-08-13 14:09

      @Kabelo ... then where do your draw the line my friend?? Fat people shouldn't drive because they could have a heart attack, diabetics shouldn't drive in case they go into a coma, people shouldn't drive because they could have a stroke at any time ... see what I mean? This is just one of those extremely unfortunate set of events, it could quite equally have been baby saved by epileptic's fight to save crashing car...

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-08-13 20:09

      Fafricans got a point Kabelo, not all epileptics are out of control, they too can lead functioning and productive lives like anyone else if it is controlled properly.

  • bond.ndalo - 2012-08-13 13:44

    he must never drive again

  • magdaleen.smuts - 2012-08-13 13:56

    People with Epilepsy may not drive until their Epilepsy is stabilized on medication and they are more than 6 months seizure free. They can be held reliable if they drive knowing they get seizures.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-13 18:48

    He should never have been given a drivers licence. This is murder.

      ryan.hutchison.562 - 2012-09-27 13:20

      Do we know whether he is a diagnosed epileptic or could this have been his first attack?

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