Townhill crash kills three

2016-05-16 12:53
The scene of the accident on the N3 at Townhill that claimed the lives of three men on Friday night.

The scene of the accident on the N3 at Townhill that claimed the lives of three men on Friday night. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Tributes poured in on social media over the weekend after a crash left three young Pietermaritzburg men dead on Friday evening.

The men, aged between 20 and 25, were identified as students AJ Volsum and Yevan Maistry, and Key Delta salesman Shazeer Suder.

It is believed the trio were travelling from Hilton to Pietermaritzburg on the N3 late on Friday evening when the crash occurred on Townhill.

A police source said initial investigations indicate that the driver may have lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll.

In a statement by ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak, when paramedics arrived, they found two men ejected from the vehicle, one was declared dead at the scene.

The second was rushed to Grey’s Hospital in a critical condition — he died in hospital.

It is believed Suder and Maistry were the two men found on Friday.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police combed the area on Friday and found no signs of a third passenger, but on Saturday afternoon, about 17 hours after the crash, search-and-rescue officers found Volsum’s body in the bush down a steep embankment alongside the freeway.

Vermaak said the body was found about 100 metres away from the crash site.

Ngobese said police are investigating three cases of culpable homicide.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Volsum’s sister, Sheila, described him as someone who always put the happiness of others first.

“He was very genuine. AJ and [Suder] were best friends, you could even say they were like brothers. This is something we did not expect and we will miss all of them,” she said.

Attempts to contact Suder’s and Maistry’s families yesterday were unsuccessful. Maistry’s family friend, Pietermaritzburg businessman Sunny Gayadin, described him as a “young, honest and likeable character”.

“This is very tragic. We are all very shocked and devastated. This is a tragic loss to the entire family. He leaves behind a mother, elder sister and younger brother,” Gayadin said.

Maistry was the son of well-known Pietermaritzburg property developer Jack Maistry, who died under tragic circumstances in February this year.

On Facebook, condolences poured in for the trio. “Taken too soon, may you fly high with the angels! Rest in peace AJ, Shazeer and Yevan,” posted Demi Lee Koutsouris.

Funeral details have yet to be announced.


TOWNHILL has a reputation for nasty vehicle accidents.

Last month, two people were killed, two were badly burnt and five, including a policeman, were injured after a petrol tanker crashed and exploded in the same vicinity as Friday’s crash.

A day later, a man was killed and another left seriously injured when their truck crashed several metres down an embankment along the N3 in Townhill.

Also last month, Grey’s Hospital nurse Sindisiwe Shelembe was shot and killed on the same stretch of highway.

Shelembe was driving from Howick down the N3 at Townhill, to work the night shift, when she was shot in the head through the car window.

In January, on the N3 just after Townhill, a woman allegedly rear-ended a truck and lost control of her vehicle, which then collided into a barrier. She was found dead by paramedics.

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