Biker fatally hits cyclist on wrong side of the road

2011-12-20 00:00

A HEAD-ON collision between a motorcyclist and a cyclist in Verulam on Sunday evening claimed the lives of both men.

Zain Ranjan Ali (29) was heading home from work at Corobrick in Verulam just as a security guard — as yet unidentified — set off to start his nightshift when they collided.

Members of the Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) security company, who attended the scene, said the cyclist was on the wrong side of the road when Ali hit him at high speed.

“Both men were declared dead at the scene by Netcare 911 paramedics,” said head of Rusa, Prem Balram.

Ali’s father, Mohammed, said he and his wife had never approved of their son’s motorbike, but he had insisted on riding it.

“He loved that bike, and even though he owned a car he insisted on riding it to work,’ he said.

Ali was buried on the same evening in keeping with Islamic rites. Balram said police were still trying to get in touch with the family of the cyclist.

In another accident a six-year old boy was run over by a motorist in Inanda Road near Phoenix. Balram said the driver of the vehicle had to be put in the back of a police patrol vehicle since the community were intent on assaulting him. “The child who was in the company of his mother was walking near the Space Garage in Dawncrest when the motorist collided with the child killing him instantly,” he said.

Metro policeman Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi said that while alcohol and speeding are deadly factors — it is also important to stay completely alert and to expect the unexpected when driving. He said in addition to the 25 permanent speed cameras in Durban and surrounding areas, there were plans underway to set up a further six. Msomi said there will be daily roadblocks on the look-out for drunken drivers, and speedsters during the festive period.

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