Fatal Coast crash

2011-04-04 00:00

IN the second road death of a young person in the Port Shepstone area in a week, 23-year-old Jade Lillie died on Friday morning after the Toyota RAV4 that she was travelling in collided head-on with a truck on Marine Drive, Oslo beach.

The accident happened at around 9.15 am and paramedics were quick to arrive on the scene. While the driver of the truck escaped uninjured, paramedics worked furiously for almost an hour to try and resuscitate Lillie, but were unable to do so. She died on the scene.

The cause of the accident is currently unknown, though a police report confirmed that Lillie was travelling from Port Shepstone towards Oslo Beach and may have lost control of her vehicle while rounding the bend in the road at the King Haakon turn-off.

A sticky substance was visible on the road after the accident and Lieutenant Colonel Zandra Wiid from the SAPF in Port Shepstone confirmed that this would be looked at as a possible cause of the accident.

“There was a sticky spillage on the road surface as well as a bag with the leftovers from a syrup liquid which is used in the manufacturing of cool drink,” said Wiid. “The possibility that this could have contributed to the accident will be investigated.”

The accident happened just six days after 23-year-old Chad Mckenzie was killed after being involved in an accident while riding his scooter in Port Shepstone last Saturday.

The driver of the truck, Roy Dlamini (35), said he tried his best to avoid a collision. “It happened so quickly; I was on my side of the road and she came across into my lane out of nowhere,” he said just minutes after the accident.

“I really hope she makes it,” he added, speaking as paramedics worked ion Lillie.

Lillie matriculated from Port Shepstone High School in 2005 and leaves behind three sisters and her mother. Her father died just a few weeks ago after battling cancer.

Messages of love and support for the Lillie family have been pouring in on Facebook over the weekend.

“Can’t believe it! RIP Jade! Thoughts are with the Lillie family through this difficult time!

“No words … Is the south coast cursed or something that we are losing so many precious young people?” was one such statement from a friend of Lillie’s, Natasha Smolensky.

A memorial service for Lillie, who was from Umtentweni, will be held at the Norwegian Settlers’ Church on Wednesday at 4 pm.

Is the south coast cursed or something that we are losing so many precious young people? Natasha Smolensky, friend, on Facebook

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