Canoeist’s Dusi dreams over in hit-and-run, no word from driver

2010-01-18 00:00

THE dream of a Durban canoeist to compete in the Hansa Powerade Dusi Canoe Marathon next week was shattered after he was run over by a local businessman driving a double cab bakkie on October 13.

Duane Taylor’s nightmare started after finishing one of the final races on the day in question, in preparation for the marathon.

The Kingfisher Canoeing Club member alleges that he was loading his canoeing gear in the back of his vehicle at Ingwenya Canoeing Club parking area.

As he was loading, the businessman, whose name is being withheld, rammed into him with his bakkie and drove away.

“There were witnesses and everyone was surprised when the man didn’t stop. I have spent a year preparing for the marathon. I have taken time off from work and I have a number of sponsors from various companies. Now this man from nowhere has shattered my dream of being part of the event,” said Taylor.

After the incident, he reported the matter at the Alexandra Road police station.

He said he had suffered spinal injuries and some of his canoeing gear had been damaged during the incident.

As the days passed by, Taylor experienced back pain and difficulties performing some of his daily chores.

He went to the doctor and an X-ray was taken.

“I was told later that I had suffered back injuries and that I would have to go for an operation. In December I went for the operation where a vertebral disc was removed from my spine.”

After the operation, Taylor was booked off from work for six weeks.

He is now sitting with a medical bill of about R40 000, and there has been no word from the businessman.

“It’s quite sad that someone can destroy one’s dream and pretend as if nothing has happened. I’m still waiting for the police to contact me, because I did open a case against this man,” he said.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said a case of reckless and negligent driving against the businessman is under investigation.

She said a docket was taken to the office of the senior public prosecutor for a decision on whether to prosecute.

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