Death crash: Officer books in for depression

2010-05-24 00:00

A POLICE warrant officer who allegedly killed two schoolchildren on the Sbusiso Mdakane Street of uMlazi’s G-section last Friday in a vehicle accident has booked himself into hospital for stress and depression.

The off-duty officer allegedly lost control of his Toyota Corolla and knocked down Synthia Gumbi and Nicky Meyi on their way home from school and injuring three other people.

The vehicle then ploughed into a nearby house and injured two occupants.

One of the children was killed instantly while the other died in hospital.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday, area councillor Sthenjwa Nyawose said people were angry and were threatening to take the law into their hands if the suspect is not arrested.

“People are not happy with the manner the incident was handled by the police. They believe that the police had wanted to tamper with evidence from the start as they had demanded that the vehicle be removed from the crash scene and taken to the owner’s premises.

“The feeling is that if this man, who is believed to have been drunk when the accident happened, is not arrested, people will go out in full force and close down the police station,” said Nyawose.

Nicky’s mother, Ntombenhle Meyi, said she is disappointed that in the police are acting as if nothing happened.

“I buried my child on Saturday and I’ve heard nothing from the police. We don’t know what became of the killer and now I’m only left with the memories of my little boy,” said Meyi.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu called for calm in the community, urging people to allow the police an opportunity to complete the investigation into the accident.

“People must not interfere with the operations of the police station in question as threats of bringing it to a close have been made,” said Mchunu in a statement.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said processes will be followed after the officer is released from hospital.

“After the accident the man booked himself in for depression and stress. He can’t be arrested while in hospital as that would mean that the state will have to pay his medical bill.

“But as soon as he is released then he will be arrested,” said Naicker.

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