3 people on scooter hurt in accident

2013-02-17 19:03

Johannesburg - Three people who were travelling on one scooter have been injured in an accident in Nietgedacht, Johannesburg paramedics say.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said all three people, in their mid-20's, had been on the scooter when they were hit by a taxi.

Two of them were critically injured and had several broken limbs, said Jackson.

"Paramedics immediately began to stabilise them and one of them, in the most critical condition [was] airlifted to hospital."

Jackson said the most critical of the three had badly broken and mangled legs.

"The other young man had lost a lot of blood." He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The third scooter-passenger escaped the incident with moderate injuries.

Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the taxi driver was later arrested after he fled the scene.

A woman who witnessed the accident had chased the taxi driver in her car.

"[She] drove for about five kilometres following the taxi driver".

She also alerted police and he was arrested, said Minnaar.

The taxi driver will appear in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday to face charges of leaving the scene of an accident and reckless and negligent driving.

  • logical007 - 2013-02-17 19:10

    3 people on one scooter is also negligent. But in saying that, Taxi driver should not have driven away. Hope people on scooter recover.

      johan.vandervyver.31 - 2013-02-18 08:54

      I have seen 6 people on one scooter in Taipai. There this is normal lol

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-18 09:58

      If they had attached the 2 small back wheels to the scooter it would have been more stable

  • linda.viljoen.71 - 2013-02-17 19:24

    In the first place what does 3 people do on one scooter and its becoming more and more frequent for taxi drivers to drive people off the road. People can do stupid things when they have the time and the taxi drivers think that the whole road with pavement and all belongs to them only. They have no consideration for anyone, not the people that use the taxi to get home or to work or the pedestrians using the pavements and the other road users.

      eish.eish.5 - 2013-02-17 22:51

      Watching Chinese movies? Its legal there......brakes on the scooter wouldnt have worked fast enough either.

  • marcel.d.plessis.3 - 2013-02-17 19:31

    logical, get back into your mud hut...

      calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-17 19:34

      I stayed in a mud hut from the time I was born in 86, till I found work in 2006 I find this un laughable

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-02-18 02:43

      @ calvin.mbhele Keep upgrading like the other guy, soon you will be living in Nkandla.

  • calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-17 19:32

    Hand him to a taxi rank, decent drivers will have questions to him as to why are the most of these clowns keep on dragging their names down. What ever happens in a rank remains in the rank,deal?

  • philip.buys.1 - 2013-02-17 20:07

    Only three on the scooter? Where is Frikkie?

      malcolm.stevens.129 - 2013-02-18 09:38

      Frikkie fell of 5 miles down the road.

  • lynn.petersen.37 - 2013-02-17 20:30

    3 people on a scooter, seriously! They were at fault too, The taxi driver should not have driven away. But let's not come to our own conclusions just yet. Strongs to the injured

  • celeste.mills - 2013-02-17 20:42

    Altruists still exist! A job well done to the lady that chased after the suspect.

  • aspruyt - 2013-02-17 20:52

    "A woman who witnessed the accident had chased the taxi driver in her car. "[She] drove for about five kilometres following the taxi driver". She also alerted police and he was arrested, said Minnaar." Well done lady, my hat off to you!

  • lawrence.meyer.14 - 2013-02-17 21:58

    Well done to the woman that followed the coward taxi driver! Similar thing happened to my mate and I a few years back where the taxi jumped a light and narrowly missed me but smacked my friend off his bike. The taxi stopped 200m down the road, dropped off his passengers, and proceeded to drive away. I caught up to him, pulled him out and beat the hell out of him only to be arrested for assault GBH. After a year or so my friend won the damages case against the driver. The taxi owner and driver since then disappeared without paying a cent. When we asked the police to follow up they said we should hire our own PI and track him down. My conclusion to the whole thing is they know if they drive away, there is very VERY little chance of them getting caught and they really don't give a damn. I hope the guys on the scooter recover fully and learn an important lesson here.

  • vernon12345 - 2013-02-17 22:39

    Put him in c Jail with Oscar he needs company. Hit and run coward

  • guy.ryninks - 2013-02-18 00:51

    All four involved should be barred from adding to the gene pool.

  • pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-02-18 02:37

    Hmmm the taxi driver did not take kindly to the scooter driver taking away his clients.

  • gvdwatt - 2013-02-18 06:58

    At the beginning of the article I was thinking *three on a scooter is a bit much and it's a shame they got injured", but then the tone of the article changed when I saw they were hit by a damn taxi. Maybe change the headline to "3 on scooter injured in hit-and-run by taxi.

      theunis.debruyn - 2013-02-18 10:04

      How many in the taxi? 20,25,30?

  • frank.kistler.31 - 2013-02-18 07:16


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