Drunk, unlicensed driver kills two children and injures mother

2014-12-20 00:00

TWO children were killed and their mother was seriously injured when a ­suspected drunk driver ran them down on Thursday night in Imbali.

The children were with their mother at the roadside in Imbali Unit 14 when a car veered off the road and crashed into the family.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the ­accident occurred at 7 pm.

“The woman who was driving was under the influence and did not have a valid drivers license.

“She lost control of her car and drove onto the sidewalk where a mother and her two children were walking,” she said.

A reliable source, who could not be named, said the three were rushed to Mbalenhle Clinic where the two children died later that evening.

The mother remains in a serious but stable condition.

The source said a case of culpable homicide had been opened at the Plessislaer police station.

The driver was arrested and detained pending her appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Mngomezulu said drivers need to be more vigilant and look after their own lives, as well as the lives of others.

She warned against drinking and ­driving.

In another incident, a girl (5) was hit by a car in Mafakathini in on Thursday morning.

Mngomezulu said it was vital that people pay extra attention while driving as the number of pedestrians on roads is increasing.

She added that to drive without a licence and drive under the ­influence of alcohol will not be tolerated.

ER24 spokesperson Russel ­Meiring said it is thought the girl did not notice the oncoming car as she crossed the road.

Meiring said the driver stopped his vehicle immediately and placed the girl in the car and rushed to meet paramedics en route to hospital.

“Paramedics discovered the young patient had sustained severe injuries to her face, chest and legs,” he said.

“Paramedics treated the patient and provided her with advanced life support while transporting her to Edendale Hospital for further treatment.”

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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