Taxis come to rescue of injured student

2016-12-08 09:03
Elrich Engelbrecht (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

Elrich Engelbrecht (Thapelo Maphakela, Netwerk24)

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Pretoria - Several minibus taxis came to the rescue of an injured student as he lay in the road following an accident, by blocking off traffic to make sure he was not hit by another vehicle.

Elrich Engelbrecht, 21, a student at the University of Pretoria and captain of the SA Under-23 underwater hockey team, told Netwerk24 that a taxi immediately stopped and a paramedic who was on his way to work jumped out to assist him.

The driver of the car involved in the accident, a red Citi Golf, just sped off.

Engelbrecht said he is extremely grateful to the “wonderful strangers” who’d helped him.

He was travelling along Solomon Mahlangu Drive on Tuesday morning to write an exam at the university’s Mamelodi campus.

The car came “out of nowhere” and cut in about 20m in front of Engelbrecht, who was on a motorbike. 

He tried braking, but the rear wheel locked.

“My bike skidded sideways and I fell on the car.”

Screaming in pain

He couldn’t remember much after that, other than lying on the road, screaming due to the pain. He broke a femur.

A taxi was the first to stop, and the paramedic who was a passenger came to his assistance.

“He immediately called for an ambulance, which was there within 20 minutes, and also helped treat me.

"A few other taxis formed a circle around me to make sure I wasn’t hit by another vehicle. I am so grateful.”

Another student who was on his way to write the exam saw the accident and came to help him.

“All I know is that his name is Francois. He kept me calm and also let my mom know that they had to fetch my bike. He probably also missed his exam. A huge thanks to him as well.”

Engelbrecht’s mother, Bronwynn, said the people who helped her son were wonderful.

“They didn’t know him from a bar of soap, yet stopped to help, while the guilty party had sped off.”

Elrich's main concern was that he’d hurt his knee, which would’ve caused problems with playing underwater hockey.

“It’s a miracle that his knee wasn’t injured. Just his femur broke,” his mom said.

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