Driver's trail of destruction

2016-10-26 12:12
Driver's trail of destruction.

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In what has been described as “movie-like”, a car sped through two properties in Hayfields on Sunday, causing around R90 000 in damage.

Hattersley Road residents were in their homes on early Sunday evening when a car turned into their road from Hesketh Drive, bumping into a light pole on the street corner and the intercom of the house near the lamp post. The damage did not stop there, with the driver leaving a trail of destruction and two home owners with serious damage to their properties.

It is believed that after the car hit the intercom, it swerved across the road, and through the metal gate of the house on the opposite side.

Instead of stopping, the driver then drove through the garden and hurtled into the neighbour’s concrete wall, knocking it down completely. The driver entered the neighbour’s property and clipped one of the cars parked in the driveway before speeding across the front lawn and exiting the property by knocking down the main concrete wall.

The driver then sped down the road and stopped at the top of the street, near to where he had knocked over the lamp post.

The owner of one of the damaged properties, who asked not to be named, said he was sitting inside his home with his family when he heard what he thought could be a hail storm.

“I realised later, that the sound was my metal fence being dragged underneath the car,” he said.

He went outside to investigate and found a large section of his fence had been knocked down. After looking around, he saw the concrete dividing wall between his yard and his neighbour’s had been torn down, and a portion of the front concrete wall had also been knocked down.

“It was like the movies where a guy is being chased and he has to drive through people’s properties to get away.”

He said the driver had eventually come to a stop at the top of the road.

“His tyres were punctured. He could not drive anymore.”

The owner said between the two properties, the damage was estimated to be R90 000.

Another resident, who would not be named, said there had been several accidents along the road in the last few months.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the incident had not been reported to the police.

A source at Msunduzi Municipality said if the community wanted speed bumps to be put in, the municipality would investigate and advise the local councillor of the correct processes to follow in making an application.

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