Driver dies while reversing on highway

2011-05-29 07:35

Pietermaritzburg - One person died and another sustained minor injuries after a collision on the N3 north just after Market Road in Pietermaritzburg late on Saturday.

ER24 paramedics from Pietermaritzburg arrived on the scene and found two cars in the right hand lane of the freeway with glass and bits of the cars lying across the freeway.

The driver of the first vehicle was trapped, but had already died of his injuries and was declared dead on the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle that collided into the first car was treated on the scene for very minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital.

It is believed that the driver of the first car might have been reversing in the right hand lane to get back on to Market Road on-ramp when the second vehicle came into the blind corner and was unable to avoid the vehicle.

It is unclear what made the driver to reverse in the right hand lane of the freeway but the local authorities will investigate the accident further.

  • gavin - 2011-05-29 08:16

    Darwin award

      Vlooi - 2011-05-29 09:32

      At least the correct nominee got it this time.

      Cire - 2011-05-29 11:41

      Darwin Award winner, I would think!

      Spoofed - 2011-05-29 14:24

      They take him to hospital even if he has minor injuries so that the doc's can make sure he has only minor injuries. sometimes there is a major injury that the paramedics don't pick up... what then? they send him home and he dies from a ruptured spleen?

      Percy Higgins - 2011-05-30 00:31

      Incontrovertibly a Darwin Award winner.

      Zion - 2011-05-30 08:26

      The heading gives the impression the driver was killed while reversing. Actually it was the sudden stop which killed him.

      Matt - 2011-05-30 13:25

      When I was in Germany for business, I got a nosebleed - they hauled me away in an ambulance. I kept saying "are you nuts, just give me a tissue!" but no, it was protocol...

      Realist - 2011-05-31 16:37

      "It is unclear what made the driver to reverse....". Is this journalism???

  • Krolie - 2011-05-29 08:27

    So unnecessary. We do not know for a fact what happened here, but if the first driver did reverse, then he did break the law and trafic rules and nfortunately caused a serious accident putting another person's life in danger and losing is own. My condolences to the family, and a speedy recovery to the other driver.

  • John - 2011-05-29 08:34

    Did this genius have a license? I once saw a taxi changing a flat tire in the right hand lane of the N2 highway.

      Yoni - 2011-05-29 21:18

      No, and luckily for his sangoma he can't ask his money back either!

      p123 - 2011-05-30 11:30

      Dude, don't even go there, Taxi drivers - they make my blood boil every single day of my life, and the Metro Cops that ignore how they drive adds fuel to the fire!!!

      Matt - 2011-05-30 13:30

      Yup, often in the case of busy traffic taxis reverse all the way up the onramp to take a detour - seen it plenty, especially the M2 and R12 or 24 (the one between the airport and Boksburg) Still, I do have respct for taxis. Sure, some drive like idiots - once I was in one and he drove through alleyways!!! But generally they do stick to the rules of the road (I was taking them for some 18 months so I do speak with experience). However, the old-style taxis are awful; virtually all of them have broken speedometers so you can't see how fast they're going and also the odometer often doesn't work, so if you imagine it's stuck on 600k, how much has it done and when will it just break down? And for the odd irritation of them pushing ahead of queues; yeah it's annoying as a driver, but remember that you're 1 oke in a car, stuck in a queue - there are 15 passengers in a taxi - so if you're late, that's 1 person late - if the taxi is slow, 15 people are late - and yes it's annoying but what alternative do people have? The Public Transport sucks!!!

      static - 2011-05-30 14:11

      I like your view on taxis and if we all shared this view then there wouldn't be this confrontational view on taxis and perhaps we could come to a better solution for all.

      Yashin Abed - 2011-05-31 10:11

      I think we do not realize that it is their method of remuneration that makes the taxi drivers reckless. Example, the owner wants 1000 a day, and anything the driver makes above that is his. So, he has to make as many trips with as many people as possible to put food on the table.

      bokfan1 - 2011-05-31 10:39

      @ matt. How the f*ck can you justify black taxis breaking every law in the book and endangering the lives of law-abiding road users with your neanderthal logic???? When I am late it's my problem! I do not make it everyone elses by driving on the pavement, cutting in queues, breaking the laws etc. You need help dude!!!

      tryanything - 2011-05-31 18:04

      My back number plate fell off 4 months ago.. I have not replaced it. I have been followed by metro cops (right behind me) on numerous occasions. Never been stopped and asked about it let alone fined. Whenever stopped and threatened with a fine I tell them to write the ticket and I will defend it. Ok just go they say. These guys are useless.

  • Bill - 2011-05-29 08:47

    But this very same situation seems to have become the new fad…! I have seen countless people reversing their cars back up freeway onramps lately, that they have taken by mistake..! Besides the fact that a fully licensed driver should know not to do this extremely dangerous maneuver, just plain common sense should tell a person not to do it. I have noticed that for some unknown reason it is more the women drivers that do this mostly. If you take the wrong turn off…damn you travel to the next exit and traverse back the right way! These people caught doing this should, loose their licenses. While on the subject….knocking down robots seems to have returned to fashion with a vengeance…

      Ludakris - 2011-05-29 09:22

      You are *so* right. 60kph zones see folk ambling along at 30, 40kph ... try and overtake? Those drivers shake their heads or offer obnoxious sign-language. Then there's the greatest act of all road driving sense: pulling out right in front of a vehicle ... when there are no cars behind that vehicle. Duh-uhhh. But hey - great way to make money. Just fake a few licenses. LOL. There as been ZERO attempt by government to address, monitor or clean up diabolical / shoddy vehicles or equally shoddy driving ... skills.

      thefeather - 2011-05-29 09:22

      Same stupidity and complete inconsideration as the wankers that overtake on the left on a highway.

      Johan Kruger - 2011-05-29 09:46

      If you are being passed on the left - you are the wanker you idiot. Think about it!!!

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-29 10:21

      Exactly, Johan.

      thefeather - 2011-05-29 10:44

      Thanks Johan, utter stupid comment of the day award. So if I'm travelling at 120 in the middle lane, and you come up behind me and there's a guy travelling 120 in the right lane, you will overtake me on the left to get in front? As I thought, you're one of the wankers. Congratulations you tool. Who's thinking now?

      thefeather - 2011-05-29 10:45

      Maseratifitt, same applies to you. Clearly the two of you are part of the inconsiderate driving officionados that will be next to reverse on the highway. I'd expect nothing less.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-29 11:01

      Very superficial, thefeather.

      Jaco - 2011-05-29 11:30

      Sorry featherguy, you are the tool. You should move to the left to allow faster cars behind to pass. If I'm the driver of a faster car and the car ahead blocks my progress when he can (SHOULD) move to the left, then yes, I will pass on the left. And what does 120km/h to do with it? It's about slower car vs faster car, and when slower cars don't give way (when the left lane is open), they are potentially causing a dangerous situation. It's not always about the law either, it is also about using your common sense in aiding traffic flow.

      thefeather - 2011-05-29 11:44 guys are incredible. The right lane is for faster vehicles, yes? So if I am in the middle lane travelling at the maximum speed allowable and someone comes speeding up behind me in the middle lane, then it's MY prblem to move? Get a life.

      MartinFord - 2011-05-29 14:26

      @feather - Keep left, pass right. Both parts of that rule are equally important. If you are not passing anyone you must be in the left most lane so that people travelling faster than you can pass on the right. If everyone followed this rule there would be far less traffic and far fewer accidents.

      greensplash - 2011-05-29 14:50

      @thefeather I'm not sure if you realise,but it is completely legal to overtake in the left hand lane. Also why is being overtaken on the left any worse than being overtaken on the right? If you do not want to be overtaken on the left the logical thing would be to drive in the left lane yourself.

      sokis210 - 2011-05-29 16:37

      thefeather, you may say what you like, you have however exposed yourself as being ignorant of the rules of the road. The first and foremost rule of South African roads is: Keep left pass right. Therefore, if someone overtakes you on your left, no matter what, you are the one at fault.

      thefeather - 2011-05-29 22:58

      Yes greensplash, of course overtaking on the left is legal. Your arrogance and lack of understanding of the rules of the road are astounding. Clearly one of the people that find it acceptable to do so when the person in front of you has no other option to move to the left? I suspect you and countless others here find it acceptable to roll through 4-way stops because at least you slowed down.

      thefeather - 2011-05-29 23:04

      in fact, forget it...every one of you has missed the point. Never mind...carry on overtaking on the left.

      x - 2011-05-29 23:13

      Thefeather I hope your agression evident here is not an indication of your behaviour behind the wheel.

      jake somber - 2011-05-30 00:03

      Just stick to 120km speed limit, and there won't be any overtake issues. If slower traffic drives in left, you are forced to drive in right at 120 max. No excuss to exceed 120 speed limit unless its an emergency ... Being late for a meeting is not an emergency, its bad planning. Usually people complaining about keep left pass right are people that exceed 120 on a regular basis.

      Mike - 2011-05-30 07:54

      Well said jake!!! A speed limit is a LIMIT not you MUST drive at that speed. Incredible and arrogant how many people get uppity because they seem to believe they have a right to travel above the speed limit. Idiots!

      Mike - 2011-05-30 08:27

      Sokis210: Are you even aware of the fact that you pointed out your own lack of understanding."The first and foremost rule of South African roads is: Keep left pass right" "Therefore, if someone overtakes you on your left, no matter what, you are the one at fault" No you see there are two parts to that rule, Keep left is the first part, and pass right is the second. The rule does not read 'Keep left, pass right unless someone in front of you is only doing the speed limit and this annoys you, then by all means, pass on the left.' This arguement is a little like the Think Bike Saga, where everyone argues as if they are comparing the same two parties. The bottom line is you get people who drive slow in the right lane and hold up traffic. You also get people who think that the right lane is their personal lane and everyone in front of them should get out of the way, no matter what speed they are doing. Neither of these two are correct in their driving styles. But to throw a blanket statement out there to the effect that if someone passes you on the left you are in the wrong, shows an inability to comprehend multiple scenarios.

      L_Savage - 2011-05-30 14:32

      I find it scary how many thumbs up thefeather got. Clearly a great many people do not understand the laws of the road, and this is further evidenced by how many on our highways refuse to drive in the correct lane. The laws regarding which lanes a driver should use while on the highway are very clear, but unfortunately most drivers have taken one sentence, and then applied their own "interpretation" to come to a false conclusion about what the correct procedure is. The often misquoted rule is "keep left, pass right". Many people believe this to mean: Do not pass on the left. That is a common misconception. What it actually means is: "Stay left. Do not move right unless you are overtaking. Once you are done overtaking, move left again". Overtaking on the left is fully permissible on a multi-lane road. Overtaking on the left is only prohibited on single carriageway roads, where it is only legal to overtake using the opposite side of the road when it is safe to do so, and the road markings permit it. On a freeway, vehicles should seldom have a need to overtake on the left, because the slower traffic should be in the left lanes already. Even if they are nominally doing 120km/h, if they aren't overtaking anyone (or won't be in the next few hundred meters) they have no business in any other lane. In most cases, if you are being overtaken on the left by someone, you are in the wrong lane, people who are weaving through gaps excepted.

      L_Savage - 2011-05-30 14:49

      To all those self appointed law enforcers who believe they are justified in sitting in the middle lane(s) if they are doing 120km/h: By failing to yield to faster traffic on the highway (assuming the lane(s) to your left are in fact open) you are in breach of the law. This makes your action of trying to police someone else's speeding somewhat hypocritical. Secondly, regular drivers have no way of ascertaining what either their speed, or the speed of another vehicle is. Speedometers underread. Some by more than others. So when your speedometer reads 120km/h you are most likely actually travelling at a speed of 108-112km/h. Which means it is quite possible for someone to be driving faster than you yet still be travelling within the legal limit. Thirdly, you have no way to know what the circumstances of the other driver are. Sure, 99% of people probably have no justification to drive fast, but some do. I know I have been in that situation once in my life - someone had a sports injury resulting in a punctured lung and needed to get to hospital asap. It WAS a life/death situation, and we had to contend with idiots hogging lanes. Lastly, what exactly do you hope to achieve by breaking the law to hold up another driver who you believe (rightly or wrongly) is going "too fast"? If you try hold up an impatient idiot, it will just make them more impatient and more likely to cause an accident, and since you are the person blocking him/her, chances are good you will be a victim.

      Ed Bundy - 2011-05-30 15:46

      Case in point - I took my dad to the airport last night, got on the R21 at Nellmapius and stuck to the left lane. I stuck to the speed limit all the way, and only on two occasions (one bakkie and a big semi) did I have to overtake - go to the second-to-left lane, pass, and move back to the left lane. And in that trip I must have passed 100 cars in the "faster" lanes. So was my driving illegal? I think not. Were the (most) other drivers being inconsiderate? Yes. LSavage is completely correct, but the sad fact is that most drivers don't consider the consequences of their actions; and this includes the harped-about excessive speeding.

      OzzyInSA - 2011-05-30 15:52

      @thefeather, yopu mock others saying they do not know the road rules yet, in your arrogance it is YOU that is breaking the law (even if it is rarely enforced by a Police service who do not know the rules themselves). Regardless of what speed you are doing in the middle lane, if you are not overtaking someone to your left you should be in the left lane. Obviously, you are not overtaking anyone, if you are be undertaken (passed on the left). You are the one in the wrong lane and breaking the most basic of road rules, i.e. "KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING". You probably think the same rules apply at a roundabout and at a 4-way stop. It is no wonder that 13,000+ die on the roads here every year. Forget speed and drink driving, it is arragance and a lack of knowledge.

      JCTF - 2011-05-31 00:09

      I'm amazed at these comments. If you are doing 120km/h in the middle lane, and there is nothing in the left lane, then what are you doing in the middle lane? Johan Kruger is spot on. thefeather, I'm afraid you may want to go back to the rulebook. Keep left, pass right. It's really not difficult is it? If you're cruising along in the middle lane for no reason, you are WRONG. End of story.

  • Rob - 2011-05-29 09:01

    That particular spot is dangerous. I hit an obstruction (Truck rim) there once that I suspect was deliberately placed in the road. A nasty accident ensued. I`ve subsequently come to the conclusion that it`s a spot criminals select for causing accidents.

  • Hardtalk - 2011-05-29 09:05

    It is sad that anyone has to die, but like many say about the poor standard of driving in South Africa that needs sorting out. He other day while in the queue waiting to vote I see a driver trying to Parallel Park a small car, after many attempts the driver gave up and handed it over to another driver. Now I see an even worse driver trying the same maneuver and even hitting the car parked in front, their answer to the problem was to have yet another driver take over and drive away leaving the other two to queue at the voting station.

      tryanything - 2011-05-31 17:57

      Check out women parking on u-tube funny

  • Ludakris - 2011-05-29 09:12

    Two things about this story. First ... journalism! " ...with glass and bits of the cars lying across the freeway....". BITS of CARS? My God standards drop daily. Consider replacing the above with "debris". Appalling! South Africa reduced exam pass marks out of (either) utterly ignorance or to cover up the chronic level of average intelligence. Therefore SA's pass-rates are completely skewed and should be ignored at all costs. Secondly: Patricia - that is the cheapest form of advertising. It is self-serving and to do so at the end of this fatal story ... is deplorable! Seems you'll go to *any* lengths to plug your own business, even at the cost of swiping in behind someone's road death! I wonder if you, too ... DROP STANDARDS ... as you've displayed ethically, above! Heavens above - folks: AVOID PATRICIA'S DRIVING SCHOOL! Shakes head ... stumbles off to kitchen for a cuppa ...

      Ludakris - 2011-05-29 09:15

      Sorry, I meant utter ignorance ... fast-typing .... though, to be fair, thank God I don't profess to be either an English teacher or a journalist. Sorry, guys :)

      f0x - 2011-05-29 12:08

      well's slogan is; Breaking news. First. ;>

      Yoni - 2011-05-29 21:19

      Blame it on Bantu Education I suppose!

      Mike - 2011-05-30 07:57

      lol @f0x: Ja...give 'em the news, they'll break it ;-)

      l3jorn - 2011-05-30 11:20

      "It is unclear what made the driver to reverse in the right hand lane of the freeway..." Whoever wrote this article should stick to their native language.

      Ian - 2011-05-31 08:49

      Thefeather and crew are obviously TAXI drivers!

  • slg - 2011-05-29 09:31

    Ridiculous. SA roads are worse than it's crime rate.

      mrincognito - 2011-05-29 18:24

      Another gem from the Couch Critic. So slg, try joining teh reservists AND DO SOMETHING. Or you could do what you do...type-moan (self-righteously).

  • Etienne - 2011-05-29 09:50

    Mr President - its lawlessness and not necessarily the speed limit that needs attention by our executive authirty of the land.

      Mike - 2011-05-31 09:48

      May I add that neither is drunk driving - if 29% of accidents are alcohol related - Helloooo - then the biggest problem must be the 71%, Not? If we can sort out the 71% of accidents then we will save countless lives. The problem in SA is mostly related to money (read bribery)!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-29 10:07

    Not much detail as to cause, but it seems the driver who impacted with the stationary car should be charged with culpable homicide and negligent driving. One should always look ahead and identify run-off areas and stopping distances. Often there are animals on the freeways. It is mentioned that there was a blind corner. Then it should have been treated as such. Freeways and other roads are not racing tracks where there are marshalls waving flags to indicate obstructions or hazards. One should always look ahead and drive defensively.

      Jaco - 2011-05-29 11:39

      Having done a defensive driving course myself, you are correct. However, charging the driver of the second car will amount to a waste of time - he didn't break any law. Defensive driving is a wonderful technique in preventing road accidents and deaths, but it is not the law itself. - 2011-05-29 12:10

      hey misfitt - did you not learn to read or just plain dumb. It was not a stationary car but was reversing and it is a 100km zone. The other driver must have been in his limits or he could also be badly injured. Why should he be charged because of an idiot. You should keep away from intelligent discussions as you do not have what it takes....Bye

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-29 12:26

      Thanks, Jaco, for pointing that out to me. : Reversing or stationary, it still represented a hazard. Stopping (and reversing)on a freeway is extremely dangerous. Too many drivers think that, because they are travelling within the speed limit, they are within their rights and can just proceed. What I am saying, is that people should look, think and react for themselves.

      Delarey - 2011-05-29 14:10

      If you read the article you will see that it was a blind corner. - 2011-05-29 14:57

      I presume you also reverse in the fast lane on highways and expect people to avoid you? A*seh*le.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-29 19:17

      Delarey : If you read my posting you would have seen that I have seen that it is a blind corner. I said it should be treated as such. That doesn't mean that drivers negotiating this corner should be blind.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-29 19:38 : You presume wrong. If it was somebody reversing on the road, an animal or person running over the road, or an aircraft making an emergency landing-of course you must avoid it. What a silly question. Or would you rather just drive into it?

      Delarey - 2011-05-29 19:40

      With all due respect, I just don't agree that the driver should be charged with culpable homicide. It is very difficult to avoid a stationary or reversing vehicle driving at 120kph through a blind corner. The bottom line is do not reverse on the freeway, that piece of advice will get you far in life unlike the person mentioned in this article.

      Lindetjie - 2011-05-30 16:32

      ... one should always be aware of AR%*%LES reversing on the highway and remember that one will be held liable if one crashes into the AR%*%LE ... were you there?

      SX137 - 2011-05-30 20:31

      @Maseratifitt...You are being just plain dumb. The person was reversing because he/she missed the off ramp...this happens all the time on our highways. One car doing 120km/h in correct direction. Second car reversing illegally doing say 30km/h gives a closing speed of 150km/h...So if you are not super vigilant, a head on collision is inevitable..

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-05-29 10:13

    It's not as a result of the contempt for the's plain stupidity. And by 'stupidity' I don't mean 'made a stupid mistake', I rather mean 'stupid, as in unintelligent, as in double-digit IQ, as in limited cognitive capacity'. On the road, yesterday, on two separate occasions, I had to take evasive action to avoid becoming a victim of another driver's low IQ. As with almost all similar cases, the drivers have two things in common: one of which the "average IQ" issue, the other...well...leave that up to you to figure out

      tryanything - 2011-05-29 17:01

      At least Ive still got my dik and its because I drive defensively.We have no hope in hell in JHB. The Metro cops need a complete overhaul.From the top down.F+k

  • SoulDaddy - 2011-05-29 10:42

    as jy dom is moet jy kak. luckily the innocent person wasn't injured too badly.

  • Freddie - 2011-05-29 10:44

    I was once stopped by a pedestrian Traffic Policeman in the right hand lane of the Ben Shoeman, for speeding. He was very lucky to live!

      tryanything - 2011-05-29 17:01

      I hope he still is.

  • Shamus - 2011-05-29 10:58

    Never ever do that lwhats so important that you have to reverse in the first place?

  • Shamus - 2011-05-29 11:04

    Realy sad to see people attempt such foolish things if you. Miss a ramp of take the next one and head back then turn of.Reversing real not worth the risk.

  • RVQ - 2011-05-29 11:13

    Similar thing happened to a friend on a main road. Guy decided to reverse on the right hand lane at max speed and took out my friend on a bike.

  • Cire - 2011-05-29 11:38

    People reversing on freeways is a common sight in Johannesburg! What isn't common is the sight of a them ever getting fined. The only cops we ever see are parked on their butts picked up municipal revenue from drivers doing 70 in a 60 zone. Just like overtaking in the face of oncoming traffic, jumping queses by overtaking on the left - usually off the road altogether - double-parking, and so on is never punished! Just like hordes of pedestrians wandering down the road with no intention of using the pavement are left untroubled by the cops!

  • semaj - 2011-05-29 13:24

    This would be funny if it was not so serious. Recently I travelled towards Witbank on the freeway. As I approached an offramp I noticed a bakkie coming down it towards me. Inside were an Oom and Tannie, she was looking left and obviously saying to him that it was all clear on her side. Needless to say I fled into the right hand lane and managed to avoid being hit if things had gone very seriously wrong. What possesses people do do such idiotic things?

  • Unskinny Bob - 2011-05-29 14:10

    Natural selection at work.

  • phunkylizzy - 2011-05-29 14:16

    About a month ago, I was driving to go on to the highway and this car was zooming past me, skipped the red robot and drive down the on-ramp, yes the ON-RAMP! 500m further he realised he was on the wrong side of the highway and going in the wrong direction!? It was near Meyerton.

      stefanie.dutoit - 2011-05-30 12:10

      erm... when you get onto a freeway you usually take the on-ramp....

  • Roadster Babe - 2011-05-29 14:23

    at least the right person died

      witboy - 2011-05-29 20:43

      I do not know what to say

      Mike - 2011-05-31 15:10

      @witboy - well, then don't!

  • Joe - 2011-05-29 14:52

    I hate the secrecy about race

      theo_dore - 2011-05-29 19:11

      What does that have to do with anything? You really see some kind of cover up here? Please move to Australia and rid the rest of us of your ignorance. Or alternatively develop a time machine and teleport yourself back to the 70's so you can have old men in beige suits tell you what to think, since you seem not to want to think for yourself. Personally I know of one incident where a person reversed on a highway and that person was white. And it seems that about half the people in similar stories in the comments were also white.

      witboy - 2011-05-29 20:40

      Hi Just to put everything in perspective race does not matter anymore most people in South Africa are black so most accidents involve black people. So just think when you read an article shame some black bloke died how terrible because it is more likely to be correct.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-05-29 15:36

    SA Drivers are awful and so are the law enforcement officers. I got a speeding fine the other day and asked them why they were not doing something more constructive like stopping taxis and the guy says - YOU GO ARREST THEM... no, rather fine a guy with a proper license and decent car that can do a decent speed than actually doing something to help stop road death. I guess they thought I will either pay or try and bribe them

      tryanything - 2011-05-29 17:03

      Cops are useless

  • witboy - 2011-05-29 17:39

    Reversing on the freeway bloody fool. Maybe it was not in the driving test

  • witboy - 2011-05-29 17:48

    I drove along the Southern freeway at 14:30 today 10 cars used the taxi lane doing 140 + in the taxi zone. People weaving in and out overtaking on the left,vehicles stopped in the left hand lane where there is no breakdown lane. Not a camers flashed, not a police vehicle in sight. No one cares any more. Privatise law enforcement not bee or aa but blueblooded white enforcement and the job will be done perfect. Everyone will will behave or go to jail all cars sold.

  • Optimus-Prime - 2011-05-29 18:00

    Seriouly? You're freaken shameless.

      Mike - 2011-05-31 15:13

      Who you talking about?

  • CyberDog - 2011-05-29 20:23

    This highlights my point of view. Death is caused by stupidity, not speed. Driving fast does not cause accidents. Stupidity does. Less focus on speed, and more focus on awareness. Be aware of those around you, be aware of what you are doing. Everyone else has a right to be on the road. Stupidity kills. Dont do it.

  • witboy - 2011-05-29 20:33

    I love it when you just now I am right You cannot defend poor driving or poor policing and you cannot judge my pedigree. I agree some folks are on the take but I would put all theses chaps in prison you watch the other chaps shine up. Someone has to take a stand I am, I challenge you to do the same or be quiet.

  • fsj - 2011-05-29 21:09

    Don't you think fly-by-night advertising implies fly-by-night service?

  • cedrick cedrick - 2011-05-29 21:17


      Zion - 2011-05-30 13:39

      Have actually seen drivers go around traffic circles the wrong way. News paper reported a person approached the police to lay a charge of negligent police driver who went the wrong way around a circle. The police refused to assist the person. Ever seen taxis and 4+1's stop on a circle to load or unload passengers while the traffic builds up behind them. Ever seen a motorcycle doing about 160Km/hr in a built up residential area then boasting he could have done 240 on his Kawa. Ever seen the consequences when a motorcycle at full speed runs into the back of a loaded taxi, enters via the rear window and killing some of the passengers. (And the taxi driver gets the blame.)

  • Boer - 2011-05-29 21:56

    What an idiot.

  • AntoK - 2011-05-30 03:48

    this is such a stupid way to die really - it makes me think of one of my female workers who bought herself a new car (brand spanking new) and within a month bumped it quite badly and when I joked with her and asked her "??? how much did you pay for your license (code 10 no less too)??(laughing)" she innocently replied "Three Five Mam!!" - I had to laugh then but this could easily be the result of such cases....

      tryanything - 2011-05-31 17:48

      Absolutely ....the one I heard about was R1500. Car kept stalling on take off . Investigate Show me what is doing.She is just dropping the clutch without slipping it.. How much did you pay for your license? R1500.00 No Shame No guilt.F+K

      tryanything - 2011-05-31 17:51

      Try and explain centrifugal force to these turkeys....wonder why the car falls over when you turn a corner??

  • Dean - 2011-05-30 07:31

    @ Patricia - very lame method to advertise your business. What u dont get is that most people here read this page (if not all) are smart enough to know that reversing on a highway is a bad idea. So we dont need your driving school because we are smarter than the idiots who reverse on a highway. Lets face it, someone reversing on a highway probably has less intelligence than a taxi driver, and taxi drivers arent exactly the smartest drivers out there to begin with.

  • Zion - 2011-05-30 08:19

    I see there is 218 thumbs down for Patricia opening the debate. That 218 compared to the 42 thumbs up is an indication why there is so much death and mayhem on our roads. Most drivers have an attitude about their abilities and these are on show on a daily basis. The trend is plainly coupled to the size and price of the vehicle. Most drivers will never admit they may have made a driving error at some or other time because they see themselves as perfect. Taxis have been deleted as they are a debate on its own.

      Zion - 2011-05-30 08:33

      Further this clown selling clothing and shoes on News 24 is getting away with murder but nothing is been done about it comment wise. FOR SALE; 2 GIGABYTES OF BRAINS TO TOP UP BURNT OUT ONES.

      Peter - 2011-05-30 11:43

      All spam seems to have been deleted now.

      Spoofed - 2011-05-30 15:59

      maybe she got so many thumbs down was because she advertised her business on the back of somebody else's death....

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-30 11:05

    Just another example of how badly people drive in SA.

  • kaja - 2011-05-30 11:12

    To, HOW DARE YOU!!!! to say good the idiot died! How disgusting! We have ALL done stupid things on the road!! Including you!! I lost a beautiful sister and brother in law in a car accident, she was making a u turn and did not see a truck coming, someone that was always so very careful on the road, I hope you NEVER have to experience the heartache of losing a lost one so tragically. Don"t be so quick to judge!! My love and deepest condolences to the family!

      Zithelo - 2011-05-30 11:56

      I agree with you Kaja. I have been shocked by some of the comments as well. I was driving in an unfamiliar area on Saturday night and a petrol attendant gave me the wrong directions and i found myself driving on a 0ne-way facing oncoming cars. The decision might have been wrong but that does not mean I should have lost my life. He is not an idiot, what happened to him was very unfortunate.

      Ou Van - 2011-05-30 13:46

      Oh please. You two are in denial. For someone to be reversing on a highway because he is too damn lazy to take the next off ramp is just plain STUPID and RECKLESS!!!!! I have to deal with these morons on our roads on a daily basis as a biker. The worst drivers without a doubt are black drivers. It's a hard fact of life. a RARELY have a white person cutting me off, doing illegal u-turns, skipping red lights, changing lanes without indiciating... the list goes on and on. I have been in 3 bike accidents and a whole lot of close ones, ALL of them caused by your black brothers and sista's on the road who cannot drive. Better he's off the roads than on.

      tryanything - 2011-05-31 17:43

      My experience in JHB is that Black males generally let me into the traffic, white males as well if they are in a good mood white females if im lucky,Black females ...forget it..

  • Kwagga88 - 2011-05-30 11:19

    The best way is to adopt the Finnish way of driving, advance driving instruction and it take you 3 years before you can drive in Finland, the result about 7,000 road traffic crashes in Finland each year, with 375 killed and 9,100 injured. This translates into a very safe rate of 7 killed per 100,000.But teen driver fatalities were 49 of the total of 261 fatal accidents recorded in Finland last year.

  • ZipZap - 2011-05-30 11:22

    lol, moron

  • ZipZap - 2011-05-30 11:22

    wait until these tolls come in, you gonna see plenty people reversing on the highways trying to avoid them.

      tryanything - 2011-05-31 17:39

      The tolls are going to be very very interesting..How are on earth are they going to enforce the payments... I am lucky to have my car registered at my address. What about those that we have to carry (cardboard box no so and so etc) same as the Eskom consumers that are carrying all the illegal connections.......cannot wait to see How rea vaya works as well

  • p123 - 2011-05-30 11:27

    I see this all the time, people in this country are just such bad drivers. Dude, if you miss the turn, tough sh&t, take the next one and come back, we have all missed a turn in our lives. 50% of you reading my comment are part of these 'bad drivers', yes, you who doesn't indicate!

  • HCrouse - 2011-05-30 11:31

    I've seen this in PMB before. I've also seen cops creating a roadblock at the top of an offramp forcing everyone to reverse down the offramp into oncoming traffic. This town is a shambles and the cops are more than stupid. They're vicious.

  • Zithelo - 2011-05-30 11:46

    It might be just me but according to the article the driver reversed to get back onto the Market offramp and then the last sentence says it is unclear why he was reversing. Help a sister out! Otherwise it is very sad that someone had to lose their life over a poor decision. However it shocks me how lightly we take the loss of lives these days, is it because there have been too many deaths or is there something in us that is dying? Some of the comments i read here were very inhumane.

  • deborah - 2011-05-30 12:21

    The Mother and Aunt of the man killed, work for me. Just because you don't know the person / family or the sequence of actual events doesn't give you the right to judge or jump to conclusions. How would YOU feel if it were one of your family members or a friend?

      jowza - 2011-05-30 16:57

      i would teach him to drive

  • FRpower - 2011-05-30 12:38

    Its not the first time ive seen idiots reversing on highways that have missed their turnoff. And its not the first time ive seen young drivers im brand new Ford Figo's doing a u-turn over 3 solid line's and causing an accident,also they just cancelled their insurance. Where im going with this is drivers are becomming worse by the day especially the youngsters. Crap driving schools,back hand dealings to get drivers through their licences,and on top of that most of them dont even know their K53 at all. How the hell can they pass....oh i forgot this is Africa.

      Zion - 2011-05-30 13:27

      Would be interesting if the insurance companies could give us a list of high risk drivers, Age wise.

  • York Hunt - 2011-05-30 13:01

    Hey, how is that for a heading? Coulda read: "Guy dies while being stupid and dangerous" (duh)

  • Ou Van - 2011-05-30 13:33

    I bet you he didn't see that one coming. ;)

      kaja - 2011-05-30 17:44

      Amazing ou van, your reply that I am in denial, you have just assumed that I am black, well I am a white lady, and yes I lost a white sister and brother in law! To all of you passing such inhumane comments on someone that has tragically passed away,Shame on you all! the truth is you are all in denial, feeling such justified and righteous drivers.

  • tkotze - 2011-05-30 13:37

    The driver that died might be to blame, but I am pretty sure the other drive was not innocent either. There are 99% of the time a shoulder on the right which I have very little doubt this guy was in. If he was hit while in this lane the oncoming driver did not stay in his lane either crossing the solid white lane. These lanes are there for emergencies and safety and should not be driven in, or used by BMWs and Audi's to overtake a driver not giving way for them fast enough. If my car broke while in the right lane and traffic load was very high the safest action would have been to pull of in the right lane, but only if other drivers respect the full set of rules of the road, not just those that suits him.

      FRpower - 2011-05-30 14:54

      Oh please man you are NOT allowed to reverse on a highway if you miss your offramp,logic tells you to drive on and take the NEXT turnoff so you dont cause havoc on the highway. This is common sense and anybody with half a brain would know this.

      tkotze - 2011-05-31 08:41

      @FRpower: I am not arguing the fact the guy made a mistake. I am mearly stating that although the first driver was most definitely at fault the second drive most probably was not innocent either.

      Cire - 2011-05-31 11:12

      Absurd argument!

  • Opinionatus - 2011-05-30 15:14

    What a stupid moron, if you are going to be retarded on the road, then you got what you deserved. At least it's one less fool on the road and no one else lost their lives. My brother nearly died in a very similar accident when a Mozambican citizen was reversing down the N2 in Cape Town and he couldn't avoid him. My brother goes for his hip replacement end of year, this will be the 6th operation!

  • kilo39 - 2011-05-30 15:56

    and the moral of the story is....'shorcuts can kill you !'

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-05-30 16:07

    he should of call a cab