‘Hit-and-run’ victim off ventilators

2011-09-19 07:23

The young advocate who was hit and dragged by a taxi in Lonehill, north of Joburg, last week has been taken off ventilators and was able to communicate with her family.

Afrikaans daily Beeld reported that Kim McCusker (25) was in intense pain and discomfort, but was able to talk after being taken off the ventilators over the weekend.

“She can now communicate with us and is as sharp as ever. She can tell us what she wants and how she wants it,” her sister Julia McCusker said.

McCusker was hit and reportedly dragged about 700m by a taxi driven by Matome Thamage last week Tuesday.

This was after Thamage’s taxi crashed into the vehicle occupied by McCusker and her fiance Lourens Grobler. The two were on their way to gym.

Thamage, who has appeared in court and faces a charge of attempted murder, has claimed that he was being assaulted by Grobler and was just trying to avoid the onslaught.

McCusker’s sister told the Beeld that the advocate was stunned by the support she had received from strangers.

“I told Kimmy about the Facebook suppport page and she said she doesn’t even know 5 000 people. She has even read some of the messages and is very grateful for the support,” her sister said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.