Teen crashes into Internet café while showing off family Merc

2013-06-20 00:00

A TEENAGER who was showing off in his family’s new Mercedes Benz crashed into an Internet café on Mayor's Walk on Tuesday afternoon.

The 17-year-old, who has no driver’s licence and was with two of his friends, was allegedly speeding when he hit a traffic island and went over the pavement, smashing the car into the Cyber Bolt Internet and Gaming Café.

Manager Rens Bruwer said she was inside the shop when she heard the sound of screeching tyres.

Bruwer told The Witness that there was a young child sitting at one of the computers in the shop at the time.

“At first, I thought this child had been run over,” she said.

Then she ran out and saw the car through the window and screamed.

In a split second there was a sea of onlookers. The teenager and his friends allegedly initially tried to flee from the scene, but then remained until his parents arrived.

Internet café owner Mike Selby was greeted with a commotion as he drove to his café from town.

Selby suspects the repairs to his shop will cost upwards of about R40 000.

His front window was smashed, and the burglar gate and air conditioner have also been ruined.

Fortunately, the teenager’s family has agreed to cover the costs to repair the café.

“Luckily, he didn’t die, ... he actually bounced back,” said Selby.

According to Selby, none of the boys was wearing a seatbelt.

It is believed that the Mercedes Benz C200 was two weeks old and the boy’s father had bought the car for his mother.

“When he [the father] arrived on the scene … he said to the boy: ‘Who the hell gave you permission to take the car?’” said Selby

Selby said the whole front suspension of the car was damaged.

“I don’t think they’ll be able to salvage the car.”

He said he had to hire a security guard to look after his expensive equipment overnight, which the boy’s family has also agreed to pay for.

The teenager’s family declined to speak to The Witness.

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