Man dies in car accident on Military

2015-09-15 06:00

A man was declared dead on the scene of an accident in Steenberg over the weekend.

Steenberg police were alerted to the accident on Military Road on Saturday at about 21:40. When they arrived on the scene they found a white VW Golf with damage to the front of the car.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, spokesperson of Steenberg police station, says police found two occupants in the Golf. The driver of the Golf sustained injuries to his neck and head and was taken to Groote Schuur hospital for medical treatment.

“The passenger in the Golf, a 55-year-old man, was declared dead on the scene,” Bartlett says.

Another vehicle was involved in the accident – a white Nissan Hardbody. It also had damage to the front of the vehicle. The driver of the Nissan fled the scene.

“It is unknown at this stage how the accident occurred,” Bartlett says.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Bulelani Mtembu at 021 702 9011 or Steenberg police on 021 702 9000.

Despite traffic calming measures in the form of painted yield signs and a pedestrian crossing, residents in Retreat claim motorists have not reduced their speeds when driving down Military Road (“Walkers swerve for cars”, 28 July, People’s Post).

The traffic calming measures were implemented about two years ago after requests from residents living on the corner of Military and Diamond roads.

Eric Bailey, chairperson of the Sheraton Park Residents and Ratepayers’ Association, says those who live in Diamond Road and surrounds have a hard time exiting the area due to the high speeds at which some motorists drive. He says the main concern is that pedestrians are hardly given the opportunity to use the pedestrian crossing

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