Drunk ‘admitted he drove’

2009-08-13 00:00

WHILE the police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the horror crash on the N3 that claimed the lives of two people and left three people in hospital on Saturday, numerous sources have claimed that the owner of the car was driving and not 18-year-old Nazeera Ibrahim, who died at the scene, as he had previously claimed.

Ibrahim was decapitated during the accident when she was thrown out of the vehicle. They said because he was speeding and was drunk, the driver is avoiding taking responsibility for his actions.

A police source close to the investigation, who wished to remain unnamed, said police visited the owner of the car after the accident and he confessed to them that he was driving when the accident happened.

The source said the man was drunk and feared arrest, and he blamed Ibrahim for the accident, because she was dead.

“After we had heard about the accident, we rushed to [the owner of the car’s] house. He showed up with blood spatters on his face without his shirt on. He was drunk,” said the source.

“He confessed to us that he had been driving during the accident, not Ibrahim, as he had told the police. He said he and Ibrahim’s mother had decided to blame her because she was already dead and would not refute that.”

The source repeated what others have said about Ibrahim, that it was impossible that she had been the driver because “she did not even know where the handbrake was in the car”.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram of the South African Police Service could not say whether the driver of the vehicle has been identified.

“The matter is still under investigation and the police are still interviewing witnesses to ascertain who was the driver when the accident occured,” he said.

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Ryan Pitout was laid to rest yesterday, but his parents were not at the funeral — they are still in hospital. His father, Mark, has apparently come round from a coma and his mother, Fatima, who suffered a broken pelvis in the accident, was taken for X-rays at Grey’s Hospital. Nazeera Ibrahim was buried on Saturday according to Muslim tradition.

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