Police arrest driver who fled scene after crashing into schoolkids

2016-01-27 19:44

Johannesburg  A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a collision on Louis Botha avenue, in Bramley, on Tuesday afternoon in which two people died, police said.

Alexandra cluster spokesperson, Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela, said the man fled the scene on foot immediately after his car crashed into a large group of schoolchildren who had been standing on the side of the road.

"We received a tip-off and we followed it up and we found him in Marlboro, not too far from Alexandra, where he stays," said Maphakela.

The man was arrested at about 19.00 on Tuesday and was expected to appear in the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Thursday for charges of culpable homicide as well as on a negligent and reckless drivin, Maphakela said.

A 12-year-old boy was killed and 19 other schoolchildren were injured when the man's blue Toyota Avanza collided with another car, Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi, said shortly after the crash.

School community traumatised

Mulaudzi said two cars had collided at an intersection along Louis Botha Avenue. After the impact of the collision, the blue Avanza went on to hit a group of about 20 schoolchildren who had been standing at the side of the road.

On Wednesday, Mulaudzi confirmed that a passenger inside the Avanza also died on the scene.

Learners and educators at the Gresswold Senior School had undergone counselling sessions on Wednesday, following the incident, said Gauteng education spokesperson, Oupa Bodibe.

He said the school community was still traumatised and that it would take time for them to recover. The school's principal was one of the most affected as she had been first on the scene immediately after the crash occurred, he said.

Students who witnessed the crash had also reportedly collapsed after the incident.

Nineteen school children injured in the accident were currently being treated in hospital.

It was not immediately clear whether the occupants in the second car involved in the collision were injured.

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