Man held for killing cyclist

2013-02-16 14:05

Johannesburg – A man was arrested after he allegedly hit and killed a cyclist in Lichtenburg on Saturday morning, North West police said.

The driver of the Mazda bakkie lost control of the vehicle and hit the 60-year-old cyclist who died at the scene, said police spokesperson Amanda Funani.

The 21-year-old driver was on his way back from a tavern when the accident occurred.

He was taken to hospital for blood tests.

Funani said police were investigating a culpable homicide case and the man would appear in the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • Alan - 2013-02-16 16:53

    Charge him for murder.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2013-02-16 17:05

      Was the death intended by the driver? Was there malicious intent to kill somebody, or was there simply a wilful disregard for the known consequences of driving under the influence? I'm not saying, as some have incorrectly concluded, that I think the guy is not fully accountable for this terrible incident and that he should not be punished, but what I am saying is that we should not let emotions lead us to call something that which it clearly is not. We have well defined legal definitions, and culpable homicide fits this case quite adequately. Now, if we as society feel that those who are guilty of culpable homicide as a result of drunken driving are not being punished severly enough, then we should motivate for the penalty for this particular act to be more severe, instead of distorting the meaning of well defined legal terms for seemingly emotional reasons.

  • markwmilligan - 2013-02-16 17:16

    Its madness on the roads

  • diedrich.haarde - 2013-02-16 17:45

    Sad thing is the driver was deliberately driving on the wrong side of the road at approximately 180 km/h, killed the cyclist on the ground alongside the opposite side of the road and only came to a standstill about 400 metres further because his wheel broke off. And now claiming he fell asleep, what would a fair penalty be for leaving thim man's family behind???

  • hendri.meyer.3 - 2013-02-16 23:48

    I personally know the man who drove the mazda and he didn't came from a tavern he came from his cousin's house on his way to the farm. He's blood tests came back, and showed that he was not over the limit. To make things worse is that he was friends with the victims son and they knew each other very well.

      lizemarie.kotze - 2013-02-17 09:40

      True that because I'm his cousin and he was able to drive ... He falled asleep while driving because he was out two nights . When he came to me the first time he told me he was tired of the night before .. Then he was on his way to the dros and then he went to the tavern and the man's son and he was partying together... This could have happened to anyone

  • lizemarie.kotze - 2013-02-17 09:31

    He falled asleep when he was driving .. He didn't try to do it on purpose .. We know he was under the invluence but he's now in traum for killing a man ... So stop making bad comments that's making things worse ... He know he is guilty and he wil deal with it. It was Gods way .. And it is over

  • carisha.myburgh - 2013-02-17 21:03

    the worst thing is everybody is posting something and not even half of it is true because you are posting something you heard. So get your facts straight before judging someone. He made a bad decision by driving after drinking but i know that he was tired after being out two nights in a row being that i was on the farm with his cousin. He isnt a bad person. Everybody makes mistakes and what happens now is in God's hands. Deal with it!

  • - 2013-02-18 09:19

    Accidents happen in a matter of seconds! You people have no right to say what you want about what happened! The man driving the mazda is a personal friend of mine! He knows what he did was wrong and he will have to live with his mistake for the rest of his life! He is not a bad person,he is loving and caring! He never meant to cause any harm to anybody! What happened was an accident and it could have happened to anybody! So if you don't know him or if you don't know what actually happened that night you have no right to say anything about him or his family! Sympathy to the family of the victim

  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2013-06-16 19:40

    Looking at the rising of road accident injuries, I so wish that road safety promotion could be put in the manifesto of all political organization. Also, road safety development to be introduced at institution of higher learning and be regarded as a profession. We need people who have skills, ability and knowledge in road safety. From Thozamile Tyala , Durban

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