Guard (25) killed in hit and run

2009-09-21 00:00

A DRUNK driver who killed a security guard on a bicycle in Pietermaritzburg was arrested at the weekend when he returned to the scene of the accident shortly afterwards to pick up his vehicle’s number plate.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said a prison warder helping at the accident scene saw the 35-year-old man pick up the number plate and informed the police.

After questioning the man, the police found a panel van at a house about four kilometres away. The vehicle was linked to the accident because of the damage it had sustained, Jeevan said.

The accident took place at 3.50 am on Saturday in Chase Valley Road.

Jeevan said the 25-year-old security guard, whose name is not yet known, was probably on his way to work when the panel van apparently hit him from behind.

The guard was flung into the air as a result of the impact, said ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks. The motorist fled and the seriously injured cyclist died on the scene.

An eyewitness called the police while the prison warder started giving the cyclist first-aid treatment until assistance arrived. He then helped police direct traffic.

The driver apparently realised he had lost the panel van’s number plate at the scene, Jeevan said.

By the time he arrived in another car to pick up his number plate, the police had not yet checked the registration details to see who the owner was, said Jeevan.

The motorist has been charged with culpable homicide, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol. The van was confiscated.

The cyclist was the second to be killed in Pietermaritzburg within two weeks. Freedom Mncube died in Prestbury two weeks ago.

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