Sudden death shocks family

2011-12-02 00:00

THERE was silence, grief and disbelief at the home of Leval Andre Barnes (22) of Eastwood, who died in the early hours of yesterday in a car accident at corner of Greyling Street and Commercial Road.

Outside his house yesterday afternoon, lines of cars formed as family and friends came to offer their condolences.

Barnes is the only of his three friends in the car who did not make it out alive. They had gone out for the evening and were driving back home.

ER24 said the impact of the collision was so severe he was declared dead on the scene while others incurred injuries.

The accident came just a week after he had passed his driver’s licence and he was driving his girlfriend’s mother’s car.

His mother, Yvonne, told The Witness he was supposed to start his new job at Dischem at the Liberty Midlands Mall after two months of training and that he was excited.

“My son was at a place in his life where he got a job, was earning and going to be totally independent. It’s so hard. I love him. When he left he said goodnight and told me he was going to see me tomorrow [Thursday] at 7 am,” Yvonne cried.

That was the last time she would see her youngest child.

Barnes’s high school sweetheart of seven years, Sade Ally (23), said he was a huge part of her life.

The pair met at Carter High School.

“I’ll miss his presence and his smile. He was just a happy person.

“Family gatherings aren’t going to be the same.

“I don’t know how I’m going to piece this puzzle together,” Ally said.

Barnes was described as a hands-on person, very helpful and something of a dreamer.

“He wanted to go overseas and wanted to do so much,” Ally said.

The family expressed appreciation to a friend who drove past, recognised the car and alerted the family.

The police said they are investigating a culpable homicide case.

EIGHT grade 12 pupils were injured near Wartburg yesterday morning.

Apparently the pupils were coming back from their matric party when the accident occurred.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that when their paramedics and provincial paramedics arrived at the scene they found the “crumpled remains of the vehicle in pieces and spread across a large area of the roadway”.

Two people were ejected from the vehicle and were found some 60 metres away from the scene. One is said to be in a critical condition.

“They were stabilised on scene and were transported to various hospitals in Pietermaritzburg and police are still investigating”.

The police were unable to confirm the incident. — WR.

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