Pistorius: reckless driving probe

2009-02-23 00:00

Vanderbijlpark — The champion Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius could be charged with reckless and negligent driving after a boating accident on the Vaal River this weekend.

Inspector Kinnie Steyn, spokesperson for the Vanderbijlpark police, confirmed yesterday that police were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

Pistorius sustained serious facial injuries in Saturday’s accident. He was driving the boat.

“The Barrage police are investigating the possibility that Pistorius didn’t hit a floating object like a tree trunk, but collided with a pier,” Steyn commented yesterday.

A pier near the place where Vaalrand police divers located Pistorius’s boat at the bottom of the river yesterday had been ripped from its straining posts.

David Mokhshane (53), a caretaker of the river property where the pier is situated, noticed on Sunday afternoon that the pier had been damaged.

“On Saturday the pier was still OK.”

The pier is about six metres long. The law stipulates that no vessel should, where possible, come closer than 50 metres to a river bank.

The river is 200 metres wide in the place where the accident happened.

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