Eastwood jogger (76) hit by taxi

2011-01-24 00:00

AN Eastwood man, Harry Boucher (76), was killed on Friday when he was hit by a taxi while out jogging early in the morning.

The accident happened when the driver lost control of his taxi at 4.50 am at the intersection of the Table Mountain and Wartburg roads about eight kilometres outside Pietermaritzburg.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said a case of culpable homicide is being investigated.

Boucher’s son, Justin, said that after his father had retired from the water department in the Msunduzi Municipality, he jogged daily to keep fit.

Justin told The Witness: “My father was a very reserved man who loved his family very much. He was an enthusiastic jogger who ensured that he never missed his daily routine of jogging every morning around the same time.”

He described his father as a devout Catholic who went to church every Sunday, where he was an usher.

Justin said: “What makes this even more tragic is that last year in March we lost our mother and not even a year has passed, now we no longer have our father.”

He said the family will miss him terribly because he was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Besides his grandchildren, Boucher leaves four sons and a daughter.

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