Hummer crash: Driver to appear soon

2011-11-16 20:33

Pretoria - A 31-year-old man who ran over and killed two motorcyclists with a stolen Hummer will make his first court appearance soon, police said on Wednesday.

Warrant Officer Mathews Nkoadi said the man would face two charges of culpable homicide for the deaths of bikers Johannes Kruger and Pieter Coetzee.

"We may still bring more charges against him," he said.

The case is expected to be heard in the Pretoria North Regional Court on December 12.

Kruger and Coetzee were killed on October 16 2010 when they were struck by the Hummer on Rachel de Beer Road in Pretoria North.

Two motorcycles and the Hummer caught fire. Coetzee and Kruger died at the scene and the 31-year driver had was initially reported to have fled the accident scene.

Coetzee's son, also called Pieter, lost his leg in the accident.

Nkoadi's announcement that the Hummer driver would be prosecuted followed an announcement by the Pretoria Bikers Council (PBC) that they would be staging a protest ride to the accident scene on Saturday.

"The run is in protest of the fact that there is inconsistent application of the law in South Africa, said PBC secretary Marc Laubscher.

"There has been no real progress made in this case after more than a year, even though other cases have already been through the courts and have seen justice being served,"

A petition complaining about the way the police handled the matter was expected to be handed to police in Pretoria North.

Dirk Muller, a biker and a friend of the Coetzee family, said the fact that the case had not been finalised had resulted in financial hardship for the family, because insurances would not pay out.

"Everything is just left hanging in the air. It's very rough and tough on them."

He said Coetzee's son had been forced to sell his motorbike to get a new prosthetic leg.

He said he was hoping as many as 4 000 bikers would attend Saturday's bike ride.

  • spookhuis - 2011-11-16 20:55

    As I've said before, Think Bike and Arrive Alive is a waste of money. Enforce the law and don't complain when it happens to you.

      Hester - 2011-11-17 06:36

      you have no idea what you are talking about, as a biker and a motor vehicle user, we know how to think and use our eyes, unlike motor vehicle users alone

      Dorothea - 2011-11-17 07:26

      oh hester, stop pretending that you guys are saints. you are just as guilty of offences as every other mode of transport. just because you are vulnerable, you think that you require special treatment.... you guys make a choice every time you hop onto your bikes - now stop complaining and live with it.

      Kamal - 2011-11-17 07:34

      @ Hester. I agree with Dorothea. You guys break the law every single time you ride on the road. By straddling lanes and driving inbetween lanes, you are breaking the law. If you get knocked over, it's your fault. Surely you dont expect motor vehicle drivers to watch out for Taxis, pedetrians and now bikers. you guys think u own the roads like taxi drivers. I have no respect for bikers at all.

      Daniel - 2011-11-17 08:04

      Kamal, you are obviously not aware of the fact that lane splitting IS LEGAL in South Africa. With your kind of attitude, please dont cry when you have your mirror kicked off by an irate biker. The fact that you are an inconsiderate road user in a car, does not make you king of the road. It is without doubt, that drivers like yourself are the cause of many a biking accident.

      daryltt - 2011-11-17 08:45

      @Daniel. Who cares if its LEGAL! Its just doff and increases the chance of causing an accident.

      nathan.court - 2011-11-17 15:05

      Maybe people should read up on an incident before they lay judgement. Clearly this was not a case of bikers breaking the law.

      Marc - 2011-11-22 18:14

      Kamal Just shows how narrow minded you are. But we bikers will allow you to continue to hold your space on the planet. Now where was it you parked your cage (car, auto, Hummer). I want to see just how nice your paint job is and if you have any dents or scratches from the last biker you tried to cut off while they were lane splitting.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-11-16 21:20

    The bikers have my full support

      Dorothea - 2011-11-17 07:27

      why wouldn't they have your full support? they were murdered. what a ridiculous thing to say...

  • Michael - 2011-11-17 08:50

    @ kamal. Why don’t you come down on Saturday and tell us bikers how you feel about us.

  • quentin.malga - 2011-11-17 09:44

    @daryltt: The fact that cagers don't use their side mirrors and don't check blind spots increases the chance of causing an accident. @Kamal: Let's see how brave you are when you're not behind your keyboard, Chop!

      Marc - 2011-11-22 18:17

      Camel ;-0 is going to post his address so we can see if he has dents on his car.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2011-11-17 11:05

    Once again I am gobsmacked by the flagrant ignorance of the average motorist like the retarded Kamal who possibly bought his learner's licence because had he studied for it he would have known that a motorbike is allowed to OVERTAKE a car in the SAME lane the car is travelling in except when driving in convoy. it is idiots like you that make me the moer in......and idiots like you that refuse to move to the slow lane when a car approaches from behind you and flashes his brights at you to indicate legally that he wants to pass you. I really think EVERYONE who has a driver's licence should rewrite the full learner's exam every 5 years.

  • thys.brits - 2011-11-17 13:56

    I would like to invite anyone wondering about us bikers to come down to the protest on Saturday and experience first-hand what REAL biking is all about - brotherhood! We believe in standing up for what is right and each other. We don't condone breaking the law, and although we sometimes speed a little (although most cage riders do as well), everything else we do is within the law. There are the odd exceptions, and these few have given bikers a bad name. I would like to suggest to those who think bikers are bad to get to know a biker, see what we do, especially for each other and communities and charities, etc. Have a look at events like the Toy Run coming up on 27 November and then judge us again...

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-11-18 20:56

    Sad and crazy! Lock him up for life! What a waste of oxygen!

  • Marc - 2011-11-22 18:07

    tougher laws everywhere will put cages on notice if they have to spend 15 years in prison for their negligence resulting in homicide. This should be at least a 30 year sentence. 5 more cause he fled the scene where death resulted 3 more for the theft of the Hummer and a forever loss of licence.

  • thabani.mkhatshwa - 2011-11-23 19:26


  • Hadassah57 - 2011-12-13 09:13

    I hope that he will be charged for murder as has been the taxi driver who killed ten children but then again there are connections with the Government so another case of nothing will happen!!!!

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