Pedestrian killed by hearse

2012-05-14 11:13

Butterworth - A pedestrian died after he was struck by a hearse on its way to a funeral in Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the 67-year-old man was killed at around 06:00 on Saturday near the Thanga junction along the N2.

"The hearse, carrying a coffin, was on its way to a funeral when the accident happened."

The cause of the accident was being investigated.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-14 11:20

    Well, at least they saved on funeral costs. They popped him in with the other guy and took them both to the funeral...

  • Msika - 2012-05-14 11:23

    WTH!! RIP to the deceased, or should that be, to both deceased.

  • tuckytatham - 2012-05-14 11:34

    The irony is fairly astounding....

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-14 11:40

    Shame! What a way to go. Hope the hearse wasn't speeding, but maybe it was late, like the passenger.

      Sharon - 2012-05-14 13:15

      Well, I have a theory - the driver probably moonlights as a taxi driver. And we all know a taxi driver's motto - There is always room for one more...

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-05-14 11:44

    Its inhumane to make fun out of old people n worst part dead one. All hearse I know always drive slowly especialy when there is a coffin.Rest in Peace old man.

  • Ted - 2012-05-14 11:47

    Hearses used to travel at a snails pace in the middle of a train of vehicles full of weeping people. This one appears like a different type.

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-14 11:50

    What was the hearse doing on the pavement?

      Gerald - 2012-05-14 11:59

      Keeping death off of the roads

  • brent4real - 2012-05-14 11:52

    Sounds like job creation

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-14 11:53

    I bet this was intentional...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-14 11:56

    This kind of sales tactic is totally unacceptable.

      Koos - 2012-05-14 12:04

      The special must have been a hit....

      Kala - 2012-05-14 12:20

      At least one person was knocked over by it.

      Loodpil - 2012-05-14 12:58

      A well rehearsed sales pitch indeed.

      Kala - 2012-05-14 13:13

      Ouch, that hearte

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-14 14:17

      lol you guys are terrible- but I love it- I was also thinking of possible divided loyalties on the side of the driver

      Antwahn - 2012-05-14 18:28

      A grave incident!

      Antwahn - 2012-05-14 18:32

      The driver of the hearse has undertaken to be be more careful.

  • Marriette - 2012-05-14 12:02

    I mean Really now, how fast was this hearse going.. i thought they are supposed to like travel 20kh or something if its carrying a coffin.. now talk about double trouble.... or maybe its business related.. LOL

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-14 12:08

      Quite correct, Mariette. The faster they go, the more customers they collect along the way.

  • Dali - 2012-05-14 13:05

    He just happened to be my neighbour, rest in peace old man.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-14 15:09

      do you live in a retirement village ?

      Wally - 2012-05-14 18:45

      No, ppl, stop being ignorant. You ppl obviously do not know rural settings and how they are structured. Dali lives outside Butterworth in a rural village/locality. There are no such luxuries as retirement villages. The hearse was probably travelling at one hell of a speed. Do not mistake it for the hearse in convoy to a graveyard as we are used to. These guys drive by me and I tell you, at times their driving is far worse than those of taxi's. They take the body in the coffin to the rural home where the funeral takes place. Even on collecting a dead body they would drive like lunatics - and seriously, where to are they in a hurry? The cops around the area simply turn a blind eye to them. Most of these funeral parlours have been in the business for ages and are establishments around the area. Nobody seems to care how they operate. So...before you comment, show some sympathy and decency towards the family and friends of those dead, as well as some insight into the circumstances and not within your own small world frame of reference.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-15 08:00

      aag get over yourself Wally , I was born in Sekhukhuneland and throughout my teens I lived in the Eastern Cape so you can't school me on a rural setting . Obviously you can't put one and one together as far as my comment goes

  • lebogang.cleocevita - 2012-05-14 13:42

    eish da drive.

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-05-14 13:46

    Death at a Funeral.

  • Khomotso - 2012-05-14 13:53

    Death on the way to a funeral. RIP

  • Philip - 2012-05-14 14:06

    Action: Facepalm Directions: 1. Start by bending neck forward as to tilt the balance of your head. 2. Open hand and bring towards forehead making sure that hand is tilted at 15 degree angle. 3. Hand and forehead should be making contact, any slap sounds are welcomed. 4. When face and hand conncts make sure to shake head in disapproving manner. 5. Shaking should last 10seconds and longer. NB: The more of the palm covers the face the more epic it will look. Now go forth and teach this young ones.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-14 14:49

    I refused a lift from a hearse because I wasn't going that far

  • rod.buchan - 2012-05-14 15:12

    Ha!Ha! iether very stupid or very slow to atcually have a Hears run over him!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-14 19:50

      Stupid is the guy who writes and cannot operates a spell checker...Rod!

  • Carry - 2012-05-14 16:06


  • Antwahn - 2012-05-14 18:38

    "The cause of the accident was being investigated." Simply put: speed kills. The driver's claim that his client was much in a hurry, is said to be false.

  • Rob - 2012-05-14 19:31

    The 'hearse' driven by a Taxi Driver? Condolences to the family...

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