Best friends killed in car crash

2014-09-08 00:00

“THEY were inseparable and even in death they were together.”

The families of Tevin Maistry (17) and Rowan Naidoo (22), who died in a freak accident on Friday night on New Greytown Road, yesterday said the young men were best friends.

The stretch is notorious for being a hotspot for drag racing enthusiasts, but both families yesterday said Tevin and Naidoo had attended a youth church concert and were on their way to get ice cream when they crashed into another car.

The two occupants of the other vehicle were taken to hospital.

Tevin’s cousin, Adell Naicker, was in tears as she described how he was loved by everybody. “He was more like my brother,” said Naicker.

She said Tevin, a matriculant at Kharina Secondary School, had written his first matric trial examination paper hours before the crash.

“He wanted to become a pilot and now he is in a better place where he finally has his wings.”

Naicker described Tevin as a person who was “compassionate about others, he really cared”.

“He had a heart of gold and the entire family has been shattered. We don’t know how we are going to recover from this,” she said.

She said he loved fast cars and his father had taken him to the Top Gear festival.

Naicker said Tevin and Naidoo were inseparable and even in death they were together.

“These were church-going boys who never got into trouble because they were both responsible in their actions,” she said.

Kharina Secondary’s principal, Shaun Moodley, described Tevin as being loved by both teachers and pupils. “He had been doing well and I am sure he was going to pass his matric exams. This was just a tragic accident,” he said.

Police spokesperson Captain Zwane said the Mountain Rise Police Station is investigating a case of culpable homicide. “It is alleged that two vehicles were involved in an accident and a 17-year-old passenger died at the scene,” said Zwane.

He said the driver (Naidoo) was taken to hospital where he later died.

The combined funeral service will be held at the Ephesus International Fellowship, 80 Bangalore Road on Tuesday at 12noon.


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