Hit and run driver traced to PMB

2012-01-07 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD Pietermaritzburg man was arrested yesterday after he allegedly knocked down two cyclists in Durban on Thursday and fled, leaving his numberplate at the scene of the crash.

The accident left a 28-year-old female in a serious condition in hospital with head injuries. A male cyclist (62) was treated and discharged after the accident on the M13 Fields Hill near Kloof.

The police said the man had been arrested for reckless and negligent driving and failure to stop after an accident. He was expected to appear in court soon.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the man was tracked to Pietermaritzburg by Captain Samuel Ngcobo from the Pinetown detectives assigned to the case.

Ngcobo found the registration plate from the car which fell off at the scene after the impact.

“The investigation took him to Pietermaritzburg where he located the registered owner.

“It later came to light during investigation that the vehicle had been privately sold and both parties neglected to formally transfer ownership as required by the law,” Naicker said.

The owner was traced to New­holmes and the vehicle was recovered at the premises of a panelbeater with damage to the front, windscreen and roof.

The police said at the time of the collision, the driver reported a “minor” accident at Hillcrest SAPS.

Naicker urged motorists to comply with the law when involved in a road accident.

“It is the legal duty of all motorists who are involved in a collision to stop and ascertain the extent of injuries of parties involved.

“Failure to do so is a criminal offence and perpetrators will be prosecuted.”

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