Bike crash: eyewitness tells of RTI cop’s last moments

2011-11-10 00:00

THE woman who witnessed Saturday’s accident on the N3 near Midmar Dam, in which a senior Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer was killed by speeding motorcyclist, has condemned as “deeply insensitive” some e comments that have been posted online about the crash.

Principal provincial inspector Asherina Ramklown (33) was knocked down when she tried to stop biker Sagen Govender on Saturday. They both died at the scene.

The eyewitness, who wouldn’t give her name, said Ramklown, a married mother of two, was been “hiding in the bushes” as some have suggested, but was highly visible to oncoming traffic.

“On Saturday I got on to the highway from the Tweedie on-ramp. I came around the corner and first saw a traffic vehicle with its blue lights flashing, and then I saw the traffic officer in the middle of the highway in full uniform and with an orange reflective vest.

“I had plenty of time to slow down and stop in front of her … I had my hazard lights on to warn anyone behind me, but she gave me more than enough notice to slow down and stop …

“She motioned for the man on the motorbike to stop.

“She had both her hands up — there was no gun as some people have suggested — ordering him to stop, yet he completely ignored her. It seemed like he came right for her and she just did not have time to get out of his way.

“He was completely at fault as he failed to stop when ordered to. He was most definitely speeding, and he had the opportunity to swerve away from the traffic officer, but went straight into her.”

Govender was clocked doing 159km/h at Mooi River. While the RTI is still investigating how fast the motorcyclist was travelling at the time of the accident, The Witness understands that the speedometer on the wrecked motorcycle was locked at 180km/h.

The witness said the fact that the man was on a motorcycle had nothing to do with the accident, and it is unfair that bikers are being singled out as dangerous.

“My condolences go out to the family of the traffic officer. She was so brave to be out there trying to make our roads safer.”

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