Man’s chilling Facebook message hours before death in horror crash

2013-11-22 00:00

A YOUNG man posted a haunting message on Facebook hours before he died in a horror smash on the Cedara bridge outside Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

“… To all my loved ones, I will see you in heaven soon, my father, you too …,” was the prophetic message left by one of the young men hours before he died yesterday morning.

The young man, along with two of his friends, all students at Cedara agricultural college, died hours after the chilling message was posted on the Facebook page.

One of his Facebook friends commented, “My brother, you were seeing the way [death]”.

In his message posted at around 3 pm on Wednesday in a mixture of Zulu and English, he says, “Almighty God, I am giving you my gratitude, forgive me for sometimes giving you an attitude. My relative you have wronged me but I am not mad at you … Abandoning my relatives is something I will never do.”

He continues, “To those who have passed on I love you … I will see you in heaven soon and my daddy too, but for now I gotta do what I gotta do … ”

The message was posted at around 3 pm on Wednesday and 14 hours later, at around 5 am yesterday, the young man and one of his friends lay dead on Cedara road above the N3 bridge while emergency workers tried unsuccessfully to save another.

A fourth student suffered injuries and was found dazed. He is currently recovering in hospital. The students, who were from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, were all in their twenties and were first- and second- year students.

The students were driving along Cedara road heading back towards the college after a night out when the accident happened.

Just before they crossed the N3 overhead bridge, the silver Mercedes Benz they were travelling in crashed against the road barrier after the driver allegedly lost control, flew through the barrier, and over onto the northbound highway below, landing on the median.

The impact of the collision was so massive that the car was ripped to pieces. The gearbox landed in the northbound lane next to one of the bodies.

A witness who drove by shortly after the accident said it was a horrific sight. “I drove by as the one person at the scene took his last breath; I watched as they covered him up and put him in the plastic bag.”

Sources said that it was believed that the car had been speeding and that alcohol was found in the car.

A close friend of the four students, Khwezi Ngceke, said he was devastated by the death of his friends. Fellow students at the college were in a sombre mood, saying the death was a tragedy.

Ngceke said he last saw his friend on Wednesday evening at around 7 pm when he went to visit his girlfriend and they said they were going to see some other friends.

“A friend came and knocked on my room and told me that this has happened. It’s very painful. Some of the students are from the Eastern Cape. We bonded over that … I got to know them because this is a small college and we became good friends … they were supposed to have written their final exam today and gone home.

“I will be coming back to study next year, but they will not be here. “I will feel their void as we were close and I considered one of them my big brother …”

Nonjabulo Zuma, the sister of the student who survived, said she was on her way home after working night shift when the police contacted her about the accident.

“At first I thought he was saying it happened in Umlazi next to eMaweleni. I drove there, but when I arrived there was nothing. I phoned to find out and they told me that it was in Pietermaritzburg. I had to rush home and take my mother and brother there,” she said.

“At the accident scene everything was scattered on the road, but he was already on his way to hospital.”

Speaking from the hospital, she said her brother was still not able to speak. “The X-ray is done. We are still waiting for the doctor to give us information on his condition. He can’t speak,” said Zuma.

Spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Jeffrey Zikhali, said MEC Meshack Radebe, who is currently on the way back from Poland, was saddened by the deaths.

“His thoughts and prayers are with the families and the boy still in hospital,” Zikhali said.

College principal Bernd Lutge said they are saddened by the deaths of the three students, but said he could not comment further about the accident.

In another accident near Kranskop yesterday afternoon, three people died when a flatbed truck carrying concrete smashed into a cliff-face 5km kilometres down an 8km hill. It is believed the brakes may have failed.

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