Woman knocked on Kingsway Road

2018-05-02 06:00

TRAFFIC was brought to a standstill after a pedestrian was knocked by a car on Tuesday morning on Kingsway Road while attempting to cross the road after jumping off a taxi.

There have been a handful of incidents where pedestrians are knocked on Kingsway Road but a higher number of these incidents are said to be happening at the turnoff into Total Garage and the Toti Centre .

The latest accident was when a 53-year-old woman from Imfume Mission was knocked by a car after jumping off a Quantum taxi in pursuit of crossing the road. According to Amanzimtoti SAPS Communications officer Captain Charlene van der Spuy, it is alleged that the taxi was en route to Doonside when the driver stopped and urged the victim to get off and jump into another taxi which was going in the same direction.

“The victim proceeded to get off and walked around the back of the taxi to enter the road without checking the traffic and was hit by an oncoming vehicle,” she said.

According to Francis Ngcobo from Sizamed ambulance who was on the scene, said the patient sustained injuries to the head, face and a fractured leg. She was rushed to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital.

Bystander Silindile Madlala said: “All I saw is the woman jumping off the taxi and running to cross the road, I didn’t see the car that knocked her because the taxi was in the way and in a second she was on the floor, I am still shocked by how quickly it happened.”

Many bystanders who were at the accident scene told Fever that their main problem was the influx of cars and the congestion that happens during peak hour traffic on the Kingsway Road.

They mentioned the area has six intersections, the entrance and exit into the Total Garage, the entrance and exit into the Toti Centre and also the entrance and exit into the basement parking of the Toti centre known as the Virgin Active entrance. This area has a high number of cars and pedestrians and it gets worse during prime time.

“This spot on Kingsway Road has so much going on, cars going in and coming and also people walking and crossing. When they built this road how did they think pedestrians were going to cross over this busy road safely? I’m sure they didn’t think of that,” said bystander and Kingsway resident K Balaram.

However, Ward 97 Councillor Andre Beetge said: “We are always bringing this up to the attention of the taxi association and the metro police in more than one occasion but it seems to be falling on deaf ears.” Beetge said he has attempted to arrange meetings with the taxi association in Amanzimtoti to discuss a solution to this epidemic but it has not been possible. “We have gone as far as trying to arrange meetings with the taxi association on more than two occasions but we never get any feedback from them,” said Beetge.

He added that this is a typical example of what they had been trying to avoid but to no avail. He appealed to taxi drivers to adhere to the rules of the road at all times.

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