Robbed as they lay dying

2014-09-29 00:00

TWO badly injured men were dragged from the mangled wreckage of their car and mugged of their possessions before being left to die on the pavement.

This after their car had careened over a pavement and destroyed a tree on Sydenham Hill near Durban’s Botanic Gardens.

The car had skidded to a halt on its side, with the entire shocking collision recorded on the city’s CCTV camera network.

What is more shocking is that, before the dust had settled, a car stopped and its occupants dragged the injured men from the car.

Footage is understood to show men rifling through the accident victims’ pockets and through the wrecked car before they sped away.

With damning video in hand, the hunt is now on for the thieves as police detectives trace the offending car.

RescueCare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that paramedics had been confronted with a scene of carnage.

“Paramedics arrived to find the vehicle on its side with the two occupants on the roadway. Paramedics rushed to assess the injured, however, found they had sustained serious injuries and had passed away before theycould help. The vehicle had sustained extensive damage as it had collided with a tree before coming to rest,” he said.

Jamieson said that theft from crash victims was not uncommon.

“We often see cases like this and it is abhorrent. People are often trapped and injured in their cars and thieves take advantage of that to rob them blind.”

Jamieson said that theft from freight vehicles that crashed had also become a significant problem.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the police are investigating. No arrest has been made yet.

• It was a black weekend on the province’s roads, with a number of other fatal collisions reported by paramedics.

In one incident, EMRS spokesman Robert MacKenzie said three people were killed and four others injured when a car overturned near Dumeni, north of Durban.

“The call came through for a minibus which had overturned. Paramedics arrived on the fatal scene to discover that three people had been killed in the accident and that several of the victims were trapped in the wrecked vehicle. Amazingly four people managed to survive the horrific accident and were treated by the paramedics. Once stabilised the patients were transported to hospital,” he said.

“The exact cause of the accident are being investigated by the police,” MacKenzie said.

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