‘Trucker shot, then ran over my son’

2012-03-02 00:00

POPULAR Margate resident Richard Duxbury has been identified as the man shot dead in a road rage attack on the M4 in Durban this week.

His father, Brian, told the Witness yesterday he watched in horror as a trucker shot his 36-year-old son, then fled in his heavy vehicle, driving over Richard’s body.

“There was no argument, no shouting, just the shot,” said Brian.

“I then got out the car to apprehend the driver, who pulled off quickly and almost ran me over.

“He continued driving away over my son’s body,” he said.

“Stricken, I ran after the truck to try and get a licence plate number.”

Brian Duxbury (57) said he and his son — precision engineers in a family business — had been in Westville to deliver a bed to his daughter.

He said they were approaching the merge on to the M4 highway from the South Coast Road on-ramp when they heard something collide with their van.

A white double-articulated truck pulled up next to them on a painted island.

Richard got out to get the particulars of the truck driver for insurance purposes, his father said.

“At this point the driver of the truck pulled out a gun and shot him at point-blank range.”

Duxbury said that Wednesday had started off like any other day.

“I never thought the day would end like it did.”

A number of motorists who witnessed the killing stopped and alerted the police, who were on the scene soon afterwards, Brian said.

A van from the Claremont police station gave chase after the truck.

Duxbury said the police had video footage of the incident, which they were using in their investigation.

“The police were on the scene within minutes of the incident happening and they have been very supportive.”

Afterwards, a member of the Brighton Beach police drove home to Margate with him in his car to make sure he arrived safely.

“They have phoned us hourly yesterday to update us on the progress made in the case.”

Brian described his son as “the gentlest person on earth”.

“Richard wouldn’t hurt a fly,” he said.

“We are devastated. My son was my best friend. We did everything together. A lot of people in the same family can’t go into business with one another, but we did.”

Brian said his son was a gentle soul, much loved in the Margate community, especially by the local bikers.

“He loved everybody. He also did a lot for charities, raising money through the bike clubs.

“He never ran with the bad crowd.

“He was never in any trouble with the law. We never had any issues with him,” Brian said.

He offered thanks to supporters and well-wishers and said the assistance of the police has been amazing.

His good friend and fellow biker, A.J. Potter, said the South Coast biking community had taken the news of Richard’s death badly.

“He was a big guy with a big heart,” said Potter.

“He always joined in charity rides and fundraisers for worthy causes.

“Over the weekend we had a ride to raise funds for the funeral of another biker who died after a terminal illness. Richard was part of that.”

Potter said Richard had texted him on Wednesday morning.

“He said he was in Durban with his dad. We were suppose to meet in the evening but then I hear he is gone …”

Potter said the local biking fraternity would be arranging a ride in Richard’s memory “very soon”.

Brighton Beach police are investigating.

Richard’s father described the driver as being of Indian origin and having a thick moustache.

Anyone with information should call the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Marius van der Looy, at 031 451 8027/61

Sapa reports that KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Willies Mchunu has condemned the apparent act of road rage.

“Road rage is a serious problem that has to be rooted out in our society,” he said yesterday.

“This causes havoc on the road and it must stop.”

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