No high-speed chase in Cape crash, cops say

2012-01-20 17:45

Cape Town - There was no high-speed chase involved in the Cape Town accident where a man was killed and his two children seriously injured when his car crashed into a school building in Elsies River, police said on Friday.

Captain Frederick van Wyk said it was not true that police pursued the car before it crashed.

Van Wyk said the driver lost control of the car and "went through the back gate of the school, crashing into the stairs next to a class" around 11:00 at Jan Klopper Primary School.

"The motor vehicle crashed into a school wall, causing it significant damage. The male driver died and a male passenger sustained minor injuries," according to emergency services spokesperson Theo Layne.

"Two children who were passengers were seriously injured. One of them was airlifted to the Red Cross Children's Hospital and the other was taken by ambulance."

Van Wyk said the driver's children were a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old.

No pupils were injured.

Layne said there was a suspicion that the 43-year-old driver may have been speeding.

"Why he was speeding we have no clue," he said.

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-20 18:07

    "Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide" -against the guy that died?

  • Max - 2012-01-20 18:31

    Yes, and the second plane landed on an island.

  • Joelene - 2012-01-20 18:35

    The reason that they have to open a case is for insurance purposes to any surviving members who are involved.. For instance, the two children & other male passenger will need to claim from insurance and for medical expenses etc.. This is why a case needs to be opened so that they can go about doing this.

  • WimpieN - 2012-01-20 19:16

    If the photo of the car I have seen is authentic...... Plat kar with m@#rse aftermarket fake carbon fibre wing and some lekker low profile tekkies...... Built for show but not all that together to corner at high speed....maybe.... Maybe it was a seizure and he hammered the pedal into the carpet 'cause he connected at some speed. Be it as it may, wishing the kids and passenger a speedy and full recovery. Maybe the pax can shed some light....

  • Marlene - 2012-01-20 19:39

    If I'm not mistaken, normally people suffering from epilepsy don't get a drivers licence. He should definitely not been carrying passengers.

  • Kyle - 2012-01-20 21:51

    I have a friend who got a license and only a few year later was diagnosed. The problem is that they have already had three seizures whilst driving luckily the car cut out on all occasions and no one was injured. I for one have told them that it is inconsiderate and insane to put their lives and other in jeopardy with their actions. But to no avail they keep driving. Their doctors should be able to report patients to the traffic department, in order for them not to be able to renew their license.

  • Ally - 2012-01-23 09:43

    And the kids weren't in car seats or restrained by seat belts. Both seriously injured. Let that be a lesson to all parents.

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