Victim didn’t feel safe before crash

2014-04-10 00:00

DID a Richmond man who died in an accident yesterday have a premonition about danger on the road?

Nishaan Chetty had expressed concern about dangerous driving conditions on the Richmond Road on the morning he died.

Nishaan Chetty and his wife Lean were killed along with their friend Roshnee Ahmed when their car collided head-on with a bakkie on the R56.

The passengers in the bakkie suffered minor injuries.

Their friend Ricky Jugree, who used to run a BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) crime and traffic alert system in Richmond, told The Witness that Nishaan was not happy about driving to Pietermaritzburg as he worried about the high possibility of an accident.

“He was very upset that he was no longer getting BBMs warning about animals and accidents on the road. He sent me a WhatsApp message yesterday morning asking me about it. He told me that he did not feel safe driving without getting warnings,” said Jugree.

Anand Ahmed told The Witness that his sister was going to Pietermaritzburg to do shopping with the Chettys.

“She was a bubbly person that was loved by everyone in the community. This is a loss to the family,” said Ahmed.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said paramedics and other services responded to the accident approximately 10 kilometres from Richmond.

“ They found that two vehicles collided head-on resulting in three people tragically losing their lives.”

Meanwhile, in another accident, three people died when a hearse transporting a corpse to Maputo collided with a bakkie on the Dundee road on Tuesday night.

Zinhle Mngomezulu of the Road Traffic Inspectorate said the hearse was driving from Johannesburg to Maputo. “On the P34/3 Dundee road a Mercedes hearse and an Isuzu bakkie collided head-on. Two died on the scene and two were transported to hospital where one died on arrival; both vehicles caught alight.”

She added that there was confusion on how many had died as one of the bodies at the scene was that of a dead man that was being transported to Maputo.

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