‘Drag racing victim’ dies

2013-07-12 00:00

THE taxi driver involved in an accident suspected to have been caused by illegal drag racing has died from his injuries.

The Witness reported that a taxi and a VW Golf 6 collided on the corner of Victoria and Boshoff streets in the early hours of Sunday, June 30.

ER24 said at the time that the driver of the taxi, Simphiwe Khenisa, and the passenger he was transporting were moderately injured, while the driver of the VW Golf 6 was seriously injured and had to be cut out of his vehicle with the Jaws of Life.

Sifiso Mahlaba, a family member of Khenisa’s, told The Witness that he died on July 5. “He was on life support at Grey’s Hospital. We were going to visit on that Friday at 7 pm, but Simphiwe passed away at a 6.45 pm. He was the only breadwinner in his family. He used to be a conductor in the taxi, and when he got his licence he became a driver,” said Mahlaba.

According to the medical report seen by The Witness, Khenisa’s death was caused by blunt force injuries he sustained in the accident.

Khenisa often worked at odd hours, according to Mahlaba.

“He sometimes picked up workers late at night; that is probably why he was driving so late on that road.

“We didn’t even know about the accident until the owner of the taxi informed us of what happened that night on Victoria Road.”

The exact cause of the accident remains unknown. Police are still investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving. They were not aware of Khenisa’s death until The Witness informed them of it. They will be following up on the lead.

Witnesses on the night of the accident said the VW Golf 6 was allegedly racing another vehicle and jumped a red robot at the intersection as the taxi was passing through.

A funeral service will be held for Khenisa tomorrow. The South African National Taxi Association have assisted the family with the funeral costs.

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