Boy (14) crashes taxi

2017-12-12 06:00

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a 14-year-old boy knocked over a 61-year-old man and another woman at a shopping centre last week.

Mitchell’s Plain police were called to the scene at 13:05 where they found the man lying on the side of the road behind a minibus taxi.

The taxi stood half way on the pavement in the parking area.

According to police, the taxi driver gave the keys to another driver when he went to the toilet. The other driver in turn gave the keys to the sliding door operator (gaatjie) who drove off.

He drove over the curb and knocked over a woman before bumping into another stationary taxi and the 61-year-old man.

He dragged the man for a few metres and drove into a cement pole and was forced to a standstill.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and her condition and details are unknown at this stage.

The man was declared dead on the scene by paramedics.

The 14-year-old from Delft was taken in for questioning.

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