Speeding taxi hits pedestrian fleeing dog

2009-07-01 00:00

A MAN was killed after he was chased by a security dog into the path of a speeding taxi in Durban yesterday.

It is believed that the victim, a Tanzanian national in his thirties, was walking along the Victoria Embankment when the dog broke free from its leash and chased after him.

The dog had been guarding a nearby road construction site.

The terrified pedestrian, who was on his way to work, ran down the southbound lane and was hit by a taxi.

The dog, an Alsatian cross , was also killed by the taxi.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said that the man was still conscious when paramedics arrived on the scene.

He sustained serious head and spinal injuries.

“He spoke to us while we treated him. We tried to keep him awake but his injuries were too severe,” he said.

Botha said the man went into cardiac arrest and paramedics tried to resuscitate him. “It was a really tragic scene. The man was probably terrified of dogs and tried to escape, but was killed instead.”

The man, who has not been identified, was taken to a state mortuary.

Metro police spokeswoman Superintendent Joyce Khuzwayo said the taxi driver was charged with reckless and negligent driving.

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