Court for ‘Brumbies crash’ driver?

2009-04-03 00:00

Charges against the man who allegedly drove into Brumbies rugby player Shawn Mackay on Umgeni Road are expected to be filed next week.

The young player was leaving a Durban nightclub last Saturday night when he was run over by what is believed to be an emergency response vehicle.

He sustained a spinal and cervical dislocation, multiple face and leg fractures, and a broken left leg.

While the talented Mackay recovers from a major spine operation at Durban’s St Augustine’s Hospital, police are working around the clock to get to the bottom of the accident.

He was put into a medically induced coma after the accident, but was awakened on Thursday afternoon, shortly after his surgery.

While there are many questions about the accident, police have remained tight-lipped over details, saying that they will only be released once the driver of the vehicle is formally charged.

However, it believed Mackay was crossing the road when the car approached. Mackay tried to run on to the pavement, but was too slow for the speeding car and was hit.

Police spokeswoman, Director Phindile Radebe, said a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated and that police are still collecting statements from eyewitnesses.

She said a report will be handed to the public prosecutor next week for a decision on whether to prosecute the driver. Investigations into the allegations that the driver drove off after hitting Mackay are also being looked at.

“Only once this process is completed will the driver be charged. If the allegations that the man drove off after the accident are true, he will also be charged with a hit-and-run charge,” she said.

Radebe could not confirm that the vehicle was an emergency response vehicle and where it was heading at the time of the accident.

“We have heard reports, but have not been able to confirm this. Investigations are continuing,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mackay is reported to be in a stable condition. His parents Leonie and John have been visiting him since arriving from Australia.

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