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Kids see mom thrown from car

2012-09-16 07:23

Durban - A woman was killed when she was thrown out of her car after crashing into barriers along the N3 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said on Saturday.

It appeared that the woman lost control of her vehicle after hitting a puddle of water, the car then rolled and hit into the barriers, Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate her, but was declared dead on the scene.

Her children, aged three and five, were uninjured in the crash.

Comments
  • gemmaleigh.evans.3 - 2012-09-16 07:31

    Condolences to this woman's family. Those children were clearly well-strapped in. A great mother has been lost, I can only hope those children have a good support system to get them through such a horrific ordeal.

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-09-16 07:51

      She should have been wearing a seatbelt, I bet these kids will grow up and have learnt the lesson well enough.

      Andile Sofe - 2012-09-16 09:13

      what a shame

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-16 09:32

      the rain here has been insane, inorder you hit a puddle, loose control, hit the barrier, roll your car and then be ejected you are driving too fast, finish and Klaar, hoe pointless a death can you get, you take the time to strap your kids in safe then drive like an idiot, thats how most people die, speed does kill or at least the sudden stopping does

      leenesh.singh - 2012-09-16 21:51

      @Kelvyn.davidson.1 I was in a vehicle which rolled a few times and the roof caved in and the driver was doing 40km/h. What speed would you recommend in rain on the freeway?

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-17 09:23

      @leenesh I would like to not engage in your particular circumstance but just to give you some idea, 40km/h is possibly the safest speed a human being can travel and stop suddenly, modern cars are designed to accept impact at this speed and the ocupants can all get out and walk away, shaken but no major injury, if this vehicle turns side ways at 40km/hr the lower centre of gravity will force the vehicle to spin, if the same vehicle if it hits a curb will possibl on sudden stop and side ways rol onto its side or roof, but this is taking into consideration that no brakes have been applied and the vehicle is at a constant 40km/h, now the basic idea of getting any irregular shaped object to roll, according to sir Isaac Newton, you need enough constant force or a gradient sufficient enough to prevent deceleration, so I doubt your vehicle rolled at 40 km/hr more than once somebody ie your driver told a little lie ! cars by design will slide and spin only when sliding sideways and suddenly being forced to stop at the bottom, ( like being tripped up) can the actually roll, and for this Albert Einstein has a theory , its called relativity the faster you go the more you will spin or roll ! Mass times acceleration squared easy. but to answer your question, in torrential downpours like Durban had last week, stay off the roads, and when you do, drive in the slow lane , lights on, with your hazard lights flashing will ensure you get home safe. common sense really

  • n3ptun3z - 2012-09-16 07:40

    Good point about being well strapped in, seat belts have been known to keep people from being thrown out of the car thus avoiding further injury and even possible death. I wonder if her seat belt snapped (can't see how though) - I like to think she had it on but we wont ever know. At least the children are alright, tragic but could have been far far worse.

  • ralekholela.lebohang - 2012-09-16 07:50

    Bad news indeed and to south africans in general could we please WEAR SEATBELTS its a plea

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-09-16 10:12

      @Mke. The God they refer to is not a pupet master. The mother had a choise of using a safety belt, drive slow and be careful. We must take responsibility for our own actions and not blame "God" when we ourselfs fail.

      mike.mcc.71 - 2012-09-27 02:27

      So Magdaleen when something goes wrong its the fault of free will but when things go well it is the providence of some mythical entity that is apparently all powerful? How is this being omnipotent then if it cannot prevent these things from happening? If this being is omnipotent but chooses to allow these things to happen anyway then why would you wish to worship such a malicious being? On the flip side, if this god cannot prevent these things from happening what is the point in worshipping an ineffectual entity? Do you not see the irony in this?

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-09-16 08:11

    God be with those children. May your face shine upon them and give them comfort. May they grow to know your peace through their lives.

      mike.mcc.71 - 2012-09-16 09:40

      So what type of god makes kids go through this?

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-16 11:19

      May they grow up aware that they are responsible for their lives and actions, not some myth

  • nmunyai - 2012-09-16 08:52

    Safety belt?

  • max.maxwell - 2012-09-16 08:54

    Tragic! I bet the kids were strapped into their seats and she wasn't! Seatbelts save lives!

  • fanie.weldhagen - 2012-09-16 09:09

    We all know she should have worn her seatbelt, but for F*** sakes, do you have to be wise heads now. Really..

      clive.kihn - 2012-09-16 09:22

      Pity she wasn't a wisehead! And how can people give the thumbs-down to comments imploring drivers to use their seatbelts, which, let us be reminded, is a requirement of the law.

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-09-16 10:17

      @Fanie. Maybe these comments would wake people up like @blue. But I bet some of us will get into our cars and drive without seatbelts eventhough we read this very sad story. Yes. We have to mention it because maybe we can save one other family's loved ones. I consult with people who were injured in accidents. You have no idea what impact it has on the families. This is a life long "jail sentence" for some families who has to take care of the physically and mentally crippled or those left behind.

  • hannetjie.legrange - 2012-09-16 09:34

    What a traumatic event for the 2 children to witness. And to loose their mother in such a way. Wonder if she was wearing her seat belt?

      clinton.horner - 2012-09-16 09:44

      U a very smart person neh, hope 4 ur sake no one gets to ask u something like that when u I deep pain

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-16 10:29

    I think the time has come that we must stop being sorry for drivers being irresponsible. If you don't bukkelup or let babie sit on laps or not strap childern in safety chairs, speeding and all other transgressions then name and shame then. The driver of the car is the responsable person and must take the blame only then the killing of innocent will stop. Some how in SA people are not willing to take on responsibilety thay always put the blame on anything els!

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-09-16 15:46

      the words of a wise and sensible person, thank you for the sobering voice among many fools

  • Dale Van Reenen - 2012-09-16 10:46

    What if she was wearing a seatbelt? The impact could have killed her on the spot.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-16 11:08

      Dale - in 4 years of emergency response to car accidents I never once saw someone killed because they were wearing a seat belt. Not once!!

      magdaleen.smuts - 2012-09-16 11:09

      @Dale Highly unlikely

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-09-16 11:17

      She hit an armco barrier, fella (google what an armco barrier does): the kids survived because they were strapped in: QED.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-16 11:09

    To all those airheads who are commenting on seatbelts. I am alive and walking around, which would not have been the case if i had been wearing one when I rolled my car. I was thrown out of the vehicle, and that is the only reason I am still here today. Yes, SOMETIMES they save lives, but there are times that they cause death too.

      n3ptun3z - 2012-09-16 12:19

      I for one commented on seat belts and I respectfully disagree with your insinuation that I am an airhead, I sincerely doubt that it was called for. I am sure your entire family and friends are thrilled that you survived your accident but I am wondering if you are trying to suggest that the probability of seat-belts saving lives is negligible based on the fact that in SOME cases they actually PREVENT a driver from being ejected or escaping from the vehicle which then results in their death? Your comment can easily be misconstrued to support such careless and ILLEGAL behaviour and misguided attitudes of not wearing seat belts. Everything has its flaws and no system is infallible, everyone talking about seat belts is quite right since it obviously hasn't been drilled in enough with some people. They are not air heads, they are realists. Your unique case does not invalidate their argument in any way, regardless of how YOU feel about seat belts.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-09-16 15:38

      Lucky Dawn. The car could just have easily rolled over you and killed you. You are alive DESPITE being thrown from the vehicle. I also had a person tell me that they would have died wearing a seat belt because their car sank. My simple response it that if you are not wearing a seat belt and hit water at speed you are likely to be too injured, or unconsious, and therefore incapable of helping yourself. Sorry - it is a 1 million to 1 chance that NOT wearing a belt is better than wearing one. Tell me - are you a parent, and do you strap your kids in. If you do, then there is no argument. It was your day to live. Be grateful, and stop encouraging dangerous behaviour. It's against the law. Just wear a belt.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-16 11:17

    Done the right thing for the kids, but forgot her seat belt! How very sad

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-16 11:19

    Everyone just has to add their little piece of advice. Her two children now do not have a mother, may she rest in peace. What no one has yet commented on is the sensationalist heading to the story, with a car that is carreering out of control, rolling, hitting a solid object, these children had to have had their eyes open and their wits about them during this carnage, I do not think so. Sensationalism at it's worst.

  • phindile.hlongwa - 2012-09-16 11:25

    Why is it not mentioned that the accident was caused by a POTHOLE? Now the kids have lost a mother.

  • Terrence Shava - 2012-09-16 11:41

    I work in a busy trauma unit and in my experience a seat belt would have probably saved her life. More often than not thats the case. Though in a minority of cases they do a Lil bit more harm than good.

  • masamune.azeem - 2012-09-16 16:18

    a seat-belt should go across ones chest(horizontally) not these belts we have today. These belts we have decapitate and suffocate people during impact.They should be covered in some kind o sponge material

  • leenesh.singh - 2012-09-16 21:50

    @Kelvyn.davidson.1 I was in a vehicle which rolled a few times and the roof caved in and the driver was doing 40km/h. What speed would you recommend in rain on the freeway?

  • mumtaaz.jadwat - 2012-09-16 22:07

    Let us not speculate but rather pray for these 3 children(not 2) who have lost their mother, and God knows best.

  • fathima.seedat.7 - 2012-09-16 22:22

    We are all guilty of not wearing a seat belt at some time or the other...We have also heard how people die with belts on...so lets not make unsensative comments...lets pray for her children and her family who are suffering at this moment...May she rest in peace...the family will get through this tough time through love, prayers and support of human beings...We will all go through loss one time or the other...support each other...you may be next...Live & love...

      Ronnie Morgan - 2012-09-17 04:00

      thank you, Fathima i do agree with you

  • sandy.kroukamp - 2012-09-17 09:32

    So very sad, hope there wasn't a pothole that caused it, poor children......

  • nafeesa.joosab - 2012-09-18 07:40

    I swear to you people are the most insensitive, when will you realise that this is the work of God, she could have not been wearing a seat belt and still snapped her neck,which is what happened, it was her time to go, because she was an amazing person, she was extremely religious and she had succeeded above and beyond academically, she was a great mum and an extraordinary wife. She was a jack of all trades. She has 3 kdis 1,6,9 yrs. Dont always believe what you read in the news. She was driving in the rain to take her kids for tuition, she was not driving fast. it was a freak accident. I will not read any more of your insensitive comments because she is my cousin, and the grief that the family is going through right now in indescribable. They would not get any comfort in knowing what is being said here. So i suggest no one comments further. and next time you read something tragic , rather keep you insenstive thoughts in your head and put a post of condolence, that would make you human!

  • nafeesa.joosab - 2012-09-18 09:29

    While i am here , let me Report the REAL story, news24 did not get any facts, they ran to write a story without getting what really happened, and this angers me,because you are hurting an innocent family by printing half truths.Now know why journalists are hated! It was raining allot and she contemplated not going out in the bad weather,but it calmed down a bit and so she decided the kids could not miss tuition so she drove from Isipingo beach to Berea, before the sherwood offramp , she hit a puddle of water (id blame the goverment for there poor drainage systems) and lost control of the car, all her kids were strapped in, there is no evidence that she was not wearing a seatbelt either, When a car gets impacted,normally everything locks and usually jaws of life have to be used, in this case only her door was opened and she was thrown out and landed a few metres away from car. iF you look at the car only her drivers side is damaged, and the door closed shut again! the car rolled n stopped! the kids dont even have a scratch, not even the baby who has no control of his body and could have easily been hurt aswell.This is what we call The WILL OF GOD. If you believe in religion you would know that when its your time to go, you could be sitting on your bed and you will go. So a lesson to learn, if you were not at the scene, if you were not involved, and if it was not your family, dont speculate and make up your own ideas of what happened.SPEAK WITH FACTS!

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