Hummer driver 'had no control'

2012-11-27 10:42

Johannesburg - The driver of a Hummer vehicle which crashed into three motorcyclists in October 2010, killing two and causing a third to lose a limb, has pleaded not guilty in the Pretoria North District Court.

Indi Himalindi Chiyabu, 31, is charged with murder, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to report it.

Video footage detailing the moment of impact and subsequent fire was obtained from a security camera in Rachel de Beer Street, in Pretoria North, and was shown to the court on Monday, Beeld reported.

"The Hummer's momentum lifted the motorcycles, with their riders, and propelled them back in the direction they had come from," Warrant Officer Terry Murphy testified.

Two of the motorcyclists, Pieter Coetzee and JP Kruger, died at the scene, while Coetzee's son Pieter jr survived, but lost a limb.

"The Hummer did not follow the natural curve of the road, but crossed a solid white line, right in the path of the oncoming motorcyclists," Murphy testified.

Families of the victims wept in court when they saw the video footage, which included images of the dead bodies, the paper reported.

"I could not determine the exact speed of the Hummer, but the driver was clearly in no state to exercise control over his vehicle," Murphy said.

The case was postponed until 2013.

  • philip.vde - 2012-11-27 10:48

    Way too many of these drivers on the road and many more people will die

      derrickvanz - 2012-11-27 10:54

      Jail them and throw away the key. Incompetence and reckless driving is no excuse! Is it not interesting that bad drivers (those who make the news like JuJu, The Judge etc, seem to ride big flashy cars! Examples abound!

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-27 11:04

      the truth is damn ugly.

      joseph.brooks.50309 - 2012-11-27 11:20

      just look at the piece of S&^t, "had no control" kiss my @ss

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-27 12:19

      The liciencing process is failing us. There are to many people on the road who can't drive and who are driving vehicles that are too much for them. Driving a Hummer is more akin to driving a truck or a mini bus, but it gets driven like a car. I have seen idiots going around a corner with inside wheels off the ground.

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-27 10:48

    Flee the scene. Automatic guilt. Life in prison regardless of social status and pull.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-27 12:14

      Agreed. This sorry dweeb fled the country... Hope his family money cant buy him freedom.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-11-27 10:52

    Does he have a drivers licence or is one of those that sells on the corners of the city.

      gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-27 11:00

      At the time he did not have a drivers lisence.

      piet.snot.77964 - 2012-11-27 13:46

      Maybe it was a fake or illegally issued licence and then the victims should aslo sue the person and authorities that issued the illegal licence. The State does not do enough to eradicate bad driving - hence this type of incident.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-11-27 10:53

    this accident happened in 2010 and now it's postponed again to 2013? WTF. How are the family of the victims supposed to get any closure. This is really ridiculous.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-27 10:58

    Anyone who buys a Hummer is in need of sychiatric help.

      ayandam.masina - 2012-11-27 11:25

      I think you are out of line,it's in fact you who needs psychiatric help, anyone is free to drive what he likes and do it responsibly. The rule of law will prevail in this case just like it did to some 2 idiots who killed school Children in SOWETO. This was murder and i hope he will get punished for this.

      craig.lott.589 - 2012-11-27 11:35

      agreed, looks like derek could do with some help for his spelling as well

      marius.vanvuren - 2012-11-27 11:36

      @derek, and how exactly is this the hummers fault! Silly comment! You know the old saying: "Hummers dont kill people, people kill people"

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-27 11:58

      Have you ever been near one, driven a Hummer? An amazing vehicle, to drive and to own, and thanks for the offer, but I dont need "sychiatric" help

      derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-27 12:21

      Besides the fact that I missed a p, my point is that as much as we are free to drive what we like, there should also a sense of what is right. Driving a Hummers says to me: I love excess, I don't give a damn about the environment, I have a problem with my ego, and god help anyone who get's in my way 'cause this vehicle is capable of taking out ten pedistrians at once.

      willem.wulfse - 2012-11-27 13:36

      The Hummer belonged to someone else. It was used without the owner's permission, or so the story goes.

      piet.snot.77964 - 2012-11-27 13:49

      What code licence does one need for a Hummer - I understand that one needs a code 10 for those huge Ford bakkies.

      ronel.vanrenenlouw - 2012-11-27 16:44

      This is clearly a case of PEBTSATS - Problem Exists Between The Steering And The Seat - NOT the vehicle.

  • omphile.umphimodise - 2012-11-27 10:59

    Jail the twat. Families lost their loved ones.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-27 11:01

    This is murder.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-11-27 11:02

    The wheel is a bit too much of a modern invention for some to understand it and its consequences. RIP, fellow riders.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-27 11:07

    The fact that this case has taken so long to be heard in court is a travesty of justice. The driver should have been apprehended soon after the murder and have been refused bail because he speeded off without stopping. This is not "an accident", it's manslaughter at the best caused by an un-coordinated thug that should most probably not have been awarded a driving license in the first place!

  • xiburukwani - 2012-11-27 11:18

    Hummer or no hummer lets him face the concequenses

  • xiburukwani - 2012-11-27 11:20

    Ask JubJub he will tell u what the outcomes are

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-11-27 11:21

    How in the hell did he afford to buy a hummer. I bet he didn't even have a valid licence or has learnt how to drive properly. Problem is he most probably does not even know the rules of the road.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-27 11:47

      In the last year that they were sold here, new, 2009 /2010, they were going for R380k, less than a lot of bakkies. They are a dream to drive, I have never felt unsafe, ponderously slow in take off, max out 140 after a couple of minutes....but what you need to remember is that you have 3tonnes on the road.

      francois.vanderschyff - 2012-11-27 12:56

      It was a stolen Vehicle. Read the other articles linked to this one.

  • siliziwem - 2012-11-27 11:24

    does he hav a drivers license? wher did he steal the hummer? Hang him!

  • jacques.stander - 2012-11-27 11:28

    Pleaded not guilty ???? Gee daai bliksem vir my !!!!!!

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-11-27 11:37

      Jy kan maar hom he!

  • thabani.mkhatshwa - 2012-11-27 11:29

    Innocent lives taken so easily by an act of Stupidity (big cars love small brains)

      pravda.che - 2012-11-27 12:04

      i think its tinkie winkie = big car.

  • godesha - 2012-11-27 11:33

    I hope that justice is served here.

  • kitty.vanjaarsveld - 2012-11-27 11:40

    Test drivers before they can buy such a vehicle to see if they can handle a big car/jeep/van like that.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-27 11:40

    why r they even wasting tax payers money on this idiot. People died, hang the SOB or drop him in one of the townships,they have a way of punishing idiots who kill and flee

      pravda.che - 2012-11-27 12:05

      nah just hand him over to the breakfast runners. i doubt the will find the mans body.

  • robyne.peel.9 - 2012-11-27 11:53

    what is it with all of these trolls and pleading not guilty....grow some balls!

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-11-27 11:57

    Hierdie is nou tipies wanneer die persoon geen pad ondervinding het nie en dan ook sy lisensie by Shoprite of 'n korrupte verkeersman gekoop het. I live in Alexandria and you should see how the Blacks drive when coming into town either from Port Alfred or from Port Elizabeth direction, exceding the speed limit in town as if they are still on the open road, and overtaking vehicles on the left hand side and most times it is between 5 @ 6 vehicles at a time geen donnerse verstand nie.

  • arlene.daly.3 - 2012-11-27 11:57

    unreal and how sad for the families of the loved ones lost

  • Pollet Mashile - 2012-11-27 12:01

    families lost their loved ones, he belongs to jail.

  • bruce.bennett.752 - 2012-11-27 12:27

    If the traffic police and licensing departments of South Africa had done their jobs correctly, this thug would have never been let loose on the roads!!!!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-11-27 12:27

    farking retard, IQ same as shoe-size, no hand-eye coordination to speak of, and classically slouches low in the drivers seat like it was a couch!! no wonder it did not have control. Drinking whilst driving also seems to be a national pastime amongst many of these driving-retards as well. I am sure this clown was drunk.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-11-27 12:34

    One more illegal emigrant... Drug money can buy Hummer I think...

  • candy.hooke - 2012-11-27 12:53

    He must pay for his actions...murderer!

  • lisa.prinsloo.7 - 2012-11-27 13:12

    Pleaded not guilty....with video evidence???

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-11-27 21:11

      The video footage was taken out of context.......

  • george.frangs - 2012-11-27 15:45

    "Had no control" and he pleaded not guilty? Please. This bastard deserves the same treatment as Jub-Jub...

  • mashavha - 2012-11-27 18:32

    Why do u postpone the case,are the video footage not good enough to charge this reckless driver?Our justice system need a serious overhaul nxa!

  • willem.wulfse - 2012-11-27 20:48

    And then, in 2013 the case will be postponed again and this will happen numerous times until the court decides that the poor Hummer driver's trial has been postponed too often and that he has been deprived of the right to a speedy and fair trial.

  • david.eccles.182 - 2012-11-27 23:32

    Why drag this on and on. they have the cctv footage so put the barsted away. Oh sorry, i forgot what is incontrole of this so called law.

  • teaspooman - 2013-02-05 10:43

    jail the fool

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