Family’s road rage terror

2010-07-12 00:00

A FAMILY of four are still traumatised after their car was damaged by a violent man wielding a stick during a road rage incident in Alexandra Road on Saturday night.

He also hurled abuse at the family, who were returning from a relaxing day shopping, dining and visiting relatives in Pietermaritzburg.

And to add to the stress of the incident, the family alleges that Alexandra Road police were not only very dismissive, but refused to open a case to investigate the matter “because no one was hurt”.

The family later received help from the Loop Street station, where a Captain Sibongile Nkosi had offered “excellent service” and comfort, they said.

Ricky Jugree told The Witness that he and his family were returning home on Saturday night at around 6.15 pm, when a man driving a white Opel Astra overtook his car at a high speed as he turned from Chief Albert Luthuli Road into Alexandra Road. “As he passed me, I was pushed to the left and so I flashed my lights at him to express my annoyance at what he had done. He started making rude gestures and refused to let me overtake, applying his brakes to stop me passing.”

At the robots opposite Girls High School, both cars stopped at the red robot with the Astra boxing in Jugree’s Mitsubishi Outlander leaving no room for him to escape.

“He jumped out of his car armed with a wooden stick and hit my side mirror. My wife and children were terrified. I have tinted windows on my car so he could not see inside. He ran around the car and tried to open the doors, but they were locked. He also kicked the left hand side back door, leaving a dent, and smashed at the headlight and cracked the foglamp.” All the while the man was swearing at them and using racist language.

By that stage the Jugree family were terrified, and Ricky Jugree managed to manoeuvre his car away from where the road rage incident occurred. The man jumped back into his car and chased them, but Jugree managed to drive away from him.

While the incident played out, Ricky’s wife, Pamela, called 10111 for help, but was told that there were no police vehicles available to assist.

“I said to them this guy’s on our tail and he is going to kill us today. I said please send someone.”

Pamela Jugree said while the assailant was bashing their car her children were screaming in the back. “I can’t really tell you how frightening it was … My legs and everything became like jello,” she said yesterday.

She struggled to sleep that night and said the picture of the attacker is etched in her mind.

The family is considering going for trauma counselling.

The youngest of them, daughter Tashnika (11) admitted being fearful of travelling by car since the incident.

Her brother, Richaiye (17), became “a bit hyper” and wanted to jump out of the car to flee during the attack, his father said.

He said he locked the doors and windows and the family sat tight, fearing that the attacker might even have a gun.

Jugree said the man showed extreme aggression and his actions seemed to indicate that he may have been very drunk or high on drugs.

Police spokesperson warrant officer Joey Jeevan said that any alleged misconduct on the part of the police would be investigated and action taken if necessary. She confirmed that a case of malicious damage to property was registered.

The Jugrees described their attacker as being a white man, tall, slender, in his late 20s with very short, light-coloured hair. Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact The Witness news desk on 033 355 1127.


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