Hitchhikers kill driver

2014-10-16 14:35
Nielen de Klerk, News24

Nielen de Klerk, News24

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Johannesburg - A motorist was killed when hitchhikers he had picked up along the N17 near Alberton tried to hijack him, Ekurhuleni metro police said on Thursday.

"A driver from Buhle Park with a passenger in his Nissan LDV was shot dead on the N17 westbound near the Alberton bridge on Wednesday afternoon, said spokesperson chief superintendent Wilfred Kgasago.

The passenger informed police that the two men had been picked up near the Alberton bridge, claiming to be going to Johannesburg.

The pair were said to have shot the driver in the head when he tried to speed off.

"The driver was killed by a shot to the forehead. Just before he was shot, he crashed into the freeway barriers in a an attempt to get away."

The two men fled and were still at large.

Kgasago warned motorists to be vigilant if their vehicles broke down in and around that location.

"Additionally, motorists are reminded that stopping on the freeway is an offence and a dangerous thing to do unless such action is beyond the driver's control," Kgasago said.

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