Man seeks justice for dead daughter

2012-06-04 09:04

Mossel Bay - A devastated father is determined to get justice for his daughter, who was allegedly killed by a convicted drunk driver as he tried to flee from the police in Hartenbos, Mossel Bay.

The Weekend Argus reported that Dante Hageman, 10, and her best friend Sonja van Wyk, 11, died in the accident in February while Sonja’s father, Jaco van Wyk, was seriously injured.

Friedl Roller, 39, is believed to have several previous convictions for drunk and reckless driving and apparently had a suspended sentence when police pulled him over for reckless driving on the night of the accident.

As he sped away, he crashed into Van Wyk’s car.

Now one of the dead girls’ fathers is determined to put Roller behind bars.

Mark Hageman started a campaign, No Bail for Friedl Roller and got 5 000 signatures for his petition.

“She was my everything,” said a devastated Hageman.

A protest has also been planned for Roller’s court appearance on Thursday.

  • Lita - 2012-06-04 09:16

    He must rot in jail no bail no mercy !!!

  • William - 2012-06-04 09:18

    Put him behind bars and throw away the key!!! If I think of all the times I have been behind the wheel and plastered in my younger days I thank GOD that knowbody was hurt or killed!!! Young and dumb!!! This pretty much equates to murder. A culture has developed of people getting behind the wheel after having 1 to many!!! Our penalties are not strict enough!!!

      Klippies - 2012-06-04 09:38

      But this guy wasn't young and dumb. He's 39 years old ffs!

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-06-04 09:28

    This father needs every support he could get.

  • Bokfan - 2012-06-04 09:40

    This guy Roller is a murderer and deserves to be hanged.

      Helmut - 2012-06-04 10:33

      Hang him high

  • Boikhutso Francina Khutso - 2012-06-04 09:41

    Let them rot in jail especially those hit n run driver

  • stephan.kwint - 2012-06-04 09:42

    I was in Mosselbay around that time and I thought the charge was murder, what has changed, they must lock this bastard away forever.

  • Thembi - 2012-06-04 09:51

    Justice must prevail for a change in south africa support this father entirely.

  • Guy - 2012-06-04 09:51

    Maybe the judge who only gave him a suspended sentence should be blamed. Or the judge that let him loose after the last drunk driving charge.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-04 09:53

    Add my signature to the petition. He should have his car impounded and license suspended for life. There are way too many pigs on our roads.... Make an example of this swine...

  • Juan - 2012-06-04 09:58

    Make that a murder charge please

  • Carla - 2012-06-04 10:01

    Absolutely tragic. Those poor girls. Hope the bastard gets to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

  • Sven - 2012-06-04 10:04

    Where can I sign that petition? That guy must be put away for a long time.

      Shannon - 2012-06-04 11:48

  • Multi - 2012-06-04 10:10

    if this was my child I would find you will not have the luxuries of sitting behind bars and eating and spending my tax money just to be release after 5 years......look out pêl, be careful...very careful.

  • faerrab - 2012-06-04 10:33

    Alchohol like most narcotics should be banned - instead alchohol is glorified by the media and society at large.......

  • Moruakgomo - 2012-06-04 10:43

    you have my signature too onthat one

      Shannon - 2012-06-04 11:48

  • Tamandjaz - 2012-06-04 10:54

    where do we sign this petition? Is it on Facebook? Anyone have details on this as i would like to sign my name.

      mark.hageman1 - 2012-06-04 17:15

  • dipuo.thekiso - 2012-06-04 11:18

    These drunkureds should be put in jail and keys thrown in the sea.

  • Shannon - 2012-06-04 11:41

      Tamandjaz - 2012-06-04 11:45

      Thanks Shannon - i am on my way to sign

      Shannon - 2012-06-04 11:47

      every signature counts :) thanks to all who have said they will sign. we might not be able to physically be there to help but atleast we can add our 'voices'. each one reach one right.

      Amanda Coetzer - 2012-06-04 12:08

      can u plz send the petition link 2 my facebook? amanda coetzer

      mark.hageman1 - 2012-06-04 20:51

      Thank you Sharron

  • annerie.m.coetzee - 2012-06-04 11:59

    JAIL????? And then next year they will be free again........There is no justice in South Africa!!!!!!!

      Multi - 2012-06-04 12:12

      I agree with you Annerie..Jail will be for our cost is time we do something "constructive". If this happened in the Country where I am in now, he would have been "permanently removed from society" matter what his/her race or gender.

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-06-04 13:25

    yes now THIS is something to march about

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-06-04 13:31

    now this is something to march about

  • Winifred - 2012-06-04 15:16

    It must be very very painful, I hope you get justice.

  • mark.hageman1 - 2012-06-04 16:44

    Please sign the petition on i would have done it if it was your kid/s. Thank you to everyone that signed so far. You can also download the petition form from and email or fax it back to 0446952361 or

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-06-05 05:53

      I'm very sorry sorry for your loss. I hope that your march will be successful and the murderer gets what he deserves,

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 19:30

    We are behind you all the way Mark sorry for your loss.

      mark.hageman1 - 2012-06-04 20:52

      Thank you Mike

  • msuthukazi.nkqwitha - 2012-06-04 19:40

    its cases like this that lead communities to take law into their owm hands because the state fails to curb scum like this reckless driver. If it were the townships i guarantee you the guy would have been sorted by now.

  • idalette.campbell - 2012-06-04 21:55

    Please sign the petition at Thank you

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