Town mourns after young learner dies in horrific crash

By Petrus Malherbe
23 March 2017

Parys High School’s exam timetable was adjusted after the sudden death of a Grade 11 learner.

Derik Olivier (16) was declared dead on the scene on 21 March when he was involved in an accident on the gravel road between Koppies and Parys when he lost control of his car.

Derik was alone in the bakkie when the car apparently rolled over and landed on him. His mother, Daline, and sister, Menique (14), found him at the scene.

“It’s very sad news,” Lucien van Zyl, the school principal, told YOU.

The day after Derik’s death the students were very emotional and exams, which were supposed to kick off on Wednesday, were moved to Thursday (March 23).

“The morale was very low. Derik was much loved at the school and his death has left an emptiness at the school and in everyone’s hearts.”

The principal described him as an avid sportsman who was a part of the school’s rowing and cricket teams.

“He was also a talented rugby player who jogged out for the U16 rugby team last year. This year he played for the second team and would have been a reserve for the first team.”

Derik was also part of the school’s stage production Liefde is… which was going to be staged next week.

“With his friendly, endearing personality Derik was loved by his friends and was always polite to teachers and fellow students.”

Derik’s father, Geo Oliver, a farmer on the farm Brakdam outside of Parys, was a part of the team of farmers who last month helped police save a bus full of kids from the flood waters.

Capt. Levhani Hani, police spokesperson for the region, confirmed that a case of manslaughter has been opened in order investigate the accident.

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