No high-speed chase in Cape crash, cops say

2012-01-20 17:45

Cape Town - There was no high-speed chase involved in the Cape Town accident where a man was killed and his two children seriously injured when his car crashed into a school building in Elsies River, police said on Friday.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said it was not true that police pursued the car before it crashed.

Van Wyk said the driver lost control of the car and "went through the back gate of the school, crashing into the stairs next to a class" around 11:00 at Jan Klopper Primary School.

"The motor vehicle crashed into a school wall, causing it significant damage. The male driver died and a male passenger sustained minor injuries," according to emergency services spokesperson Theo Layne.

"Two children who were passengers were seriously injured. One of them was airlifted to the Red Cross Children's Hospital and the other was taken by ambulance."

Van Wyk said the driver's children were a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old.

No pupils were injured.

Layne said there was a suspicion that the 43-year-old driver may have been speeding.

"Why he was speeding we have no clue," he said.

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

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