Warrant will be issued for errant taxi driver

2015-12-31 10:00
Taxi rank. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

Taxi rank. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

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Pietermaritzburg - A Pietermaritzburg woman is waiting to hear whether a minibus taxi driver who knocked her down at a pedestrian crossing will be prosecuted.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said the matter had been sent to a senior public prosecutor for a decision to be made.

“The matter has been taken to court and we are now waiting for a warrant of arrest to be issued,” Ngobese said.

A typical day out shopping turned into a nightmare for pensioner Kay Threadingham, 68, when a taxi allegedly shot a red traffic light and knocked her down outside Victoria Centre in the CBD at the end of August.

An avid badminton and squash player, Threadingham is still struggling to regain full mobility of her right arm after the accident.

“The physical scars have healed, but the mental scars still haunt me. I always think if he [the taxi driver] is still out there, he could do this to someone else,” Threadingham said.

On August 13, Threadingham had just been to visit her son and was crossing Victoria Road on her way to the shops when the incident occurred.

She pressed the pedestrian button at the traffic lights and walked after the signal turned green. She was halfway across the road when she turned her head to see a speeding taxi only half a metre away from her.

“I did not have the time to think or move. I just froze,” she said.

Without a hoot or the sound of screeching brakes to warn her, the impact flung Threadingham into the air, her body somersaulting before landing on the road.

“It all happened so fast. I lost consciousness for a moment and when I opened my eyes, I was in agony,” she said. “It felt like somebody was cutting through my arm.”

Threadingham said an off-duty paramedic treated her while the taxi driver hovered around.

When emergency services arrived, Threadingham was rushed to hospital, where a steel plate was fitted to her arm.

“I was bruised from my foot to my face. My arm was swollen to three times its normal size. There was also internal bruising,” she said.

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