CT dad dies while taking girl to school

2011-05-13 10:34

Johannesburg - A 27-year-old man was killed while driving his daughter to school in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, on Friday, Western Cape paramedics said.

A refuse removal truck collided with the man's Mitsubishi Colt bakkie on Okavango Road, ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said.

The man sustained "significant" injuries and was declared dead on the scene. His eight-year-old daughter sustained multiple injuries and was helped from the wreckage by members of the public.

She was stabilised at the scene and taken to hospital.

The five occupants of the rubbish truck were unhurt.

  • Caz - 2011-05-13 10:39

    Poor child to have to go through that and see her daddy die, my deepest condolences to the family and the little girl!!!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-13 10:41

    RIP... :(

  • advurt - 2011-05-13 10:52

    Deepest condolences to the family. Tragic.

  • paulf - 2011-05-13 10:55

    Sincere Condolances to the family. God Bless, May he rest in peace.

  • Ryan77 - 2011-05-13 11:09

    My deepest condolences, truly heart braking !!

      Rammsteen - 2011-05-13 12:10

      Which the bakkie or refuse truck failed...

      Barry - 2011-05-13 15:53

      @GT Gaan weg man Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaan wegggg Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan wegggggggggggggg man

  • yttocs69 - 2011-05-13 11:11

    RIP.......Poor Child and family.....I still don't believe in the 13Th

  • Hesthia - 2011-05-13 11:11

    Ons innige meegevoel aan daardie gesin. Ons gebede gaan uit na julle in hierdie moeilike tyd wat voorlêxxx

  • tkotze - 2011-05-13 11:15

    Why is it that in my minds eye I see this Colt bakkie pulling away with a green robot to be hit from the right with a truck trying to skip the red light, hitting the driver of the vehicle on his door taking his life... Best of luck to the family and daughter joining the countless children growing up without a dad - may your whole family play the supporting role we associate with decent families, and may you recover completely and come out a stronger person with loving memories of your dad!

      brianR - 2011-05-13 12:31

      That is your minds eye and is purely speculation... It could also be that the bakkie joined the road infront of the truck? have seen people do that quite often

      tkotze - 2011-05-13 12:48

      Very true, just the first images that popped into my head since I see so many large vehicles and trucks going to fast and unable to stop for a robot turning red, or trying to make the yellow robot also resulting in going over a red light. Waiting for more information on the accident...

  • Barry - 2011-05-13 11:17

    Eish I hope the little girlie survives. My condolences R.I.P.

  • Winston - 2011-05-13 11:21

    A for those parents who are f*&^%$ dumb and have their kids play with them on the front seats on their laps, PUT THEM IN THE BACK! A child should never have to experience any form of such trauma to their little souls!!!! Hope the little girl makes it!

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-05-13 11:45

      Dude... seriously...?!?I understand your statement... but where the girl was sitting is not listed in the article... so post in a more relevant place at a way more relevant time.

      Totman - 2011-05-13 11:51

      You have a big mouth for a man who lives 1410 km from the accident. Do you have info? The accident happened 2 to 3 km from me and generally the people using those roads are considerate drivers and I never saw one not having the seat belt on. Playing? Maybe sitting in front, but I would not be so outspoken if I was you. If you mend it in general you need to say it and without being so rude!

      Hugo - 2011-05-13 11:52

      It was a single cab bakkie

      Zelios - 2011-05-13 11:57

      I agree with both Warren and Totman. You also don't even know if it was a single or double cab Mitsubishi Colt, obviously if it is the former then there is no other place but the front seat for the child to be in. You should think before you talk not the other way around.

      edward.abrahams - 2011-05-13 11:59

      Winston - your point is pungent but untimely! This little family is ruined because of this tragedy, please be considerate and empathetic...

      Papsak - 2011-05-13 12:04

      Oh Winston, Winston, Winston...come on bru. Really now.

      Beebaybi25 - 2011-05-13 13:14

      BY THE WAY!!! ASSHOLE!!! She was strapped in!!!!! I am a personal family friend!!! so dont come and make false accusations!!! Thank you!!!

      Winston - 2011-05-13 13:40

      Shit for brains people, I was not referring to this accident, I was refering to accidents in general. Oh Totman, I volunteer as a paramedic in my spare time wanker, I don't need the facts of an accident but seen kids bodies torn apart when I get on a scene because of peoples negligence gets my blood boiled. I'm more than compassionate on a scene and having to tell a parent I did everything I could to save their child. You people try do that. Beebaybi, please pass our condolensces to the the family and I know you upset. You get people who do everything right in strapping in and adhere to safety rules but then you get the idiots on the road that have no regard for life and yet it is they the ones that survive!

      diezol - 2011-05-13 13:40

      a bakkie doesnt have a back seat dumbass

      Totman - 2011-05-13 14:22

      Please get some help Winston. You saw to many of these accidents. I said it with good intentions. I still feel that the way and doing it under this report is bad taste. Seeing that you even calling people a wanker just indicate with whom I am having this conversation. Please read your comments again, think about it and than make peace with the fact that It did not helped any-one, but provoke them. Someday there will be a place where you can shout and swear regarding negligent people, but not here, not now.

      Winston - 2011-05-13 14:57

      My apologies then Totman. I get extremely heated with regards to such topics of discussion about children. But you are correct. Insensitive as it was concerning my own concerns of having to see too many youngsters taken from their parents in such a manner.

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-05-13 15:11

      "Shit for brains people"... No chop... you posted a comment on THIS article... which means whatever you say is aimed at the article. I will refrain from calling names and insulting you. Just exercise a bit more care when you post on something like this... Learn from all the electioneering going on.

      danman - 2011-05-13 15:16

      Winston, Just to get stuff straight - If your comment was on an article were they mentioned people not strapping in and / or children on front seat I believe all these people would've supported you BUT in this article none of those are mentioned and I think your comment didn't fit. I agree with you on the children in front and not strapped in but in this case I tend to believe the truck might be the guilty party because I see it everyday that truck drivers are under the impression that they can brake better than a merc 500 (in 5 sec / 20 meters)

      Beebaybi25 - 2011-05-13 15:25

      I do apologize for my harsh words, I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend, father and brother. People tend to say harsh things, when they are traumatic. But rather not post something like this, when there is no hard facts that Amber wasnt wearing a seal belt, when in fact she was.

      Totman - 2011-05-13 15:43

      I do understand Winston. Knowing it takes a big person to apologizes I am sure all will understand. Please do not stop doing the good work, neither your passion to reprimand people on negligent behavior. May be you can find a way of directing that energy to help or make others aware on the dangers. Have a good week-end.

      Barry - 2011-05-13 15:56

      @Winston Gaan weg man Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaan wegggg Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan wegggggggggggggg man

  • Lorraine lolliez - 2011-05-13 11:30

    My sincere condolences to both the family and this innocent little angel who's traumatized, as God managed to rescue her may he give her strength and keep her strong.

  • AjaxFiko - 2011-05-13 11:33

    Oh thank God the 5 occupants of the rubbish truck were unhurt.

      danman - 2011-05-13 15:19

      Are you sarcastic or thich headed? A childs dad is gone and she's emotionally scarred. Rather pray to God that he give her the strengh to overcome the tragedy

  • The Goose - 2011-05-13 11:35

    Ag nee :(

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-13 11:36

    R.I.P =,( and condolences to the little girl and her family

  • Hugo - 2011-05-13 11:40

    I drove past that today. No way that refuse truck was doing 60km/h, from the way it demolished that bakkie. It was misty as well this morning. My heart go out to the family as I was taking my son to school....

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-13 11:51

      momentum = mass x velocity. A heavy truck doing 60km/h will do much more damage than a car at the same speed. It was misty as hell here this morning. Maybe one of them drove without their headlights on. But whatever the reason, this sucks.

      Totman - 2011-05-13 11:53

      Where on Okavango ?

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-13 12:04

      Don't know, but it was probably towards Uitsig.

      Gore - 2011-05-13 12:30

      Hey Totman, just use google maps and you will see the road!!

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-13 12:31

      I'm sure he knows WHERE Okavango road is. He wanted to know on which part of Okavango road. Also, Google maps wouldn't have taken a pic the accident scene.

      Wollie - 2011-05-13 12:37

      Okavango is the road that runs from Cape Gate Centre across the N1 in Brackenfell

      Totman - 2011-05-13 12:37

      Maybe the Langeberg crossing? The stopping power of a 20 ton[it's total weight] truck at 60 will be 80 - 100tons.[it is dead stop impact] Considering the type of truck and the they way it was build. It is not thumb sucking. It is a fact. One of the things I specialized in.

      Krono9 - 2011-05-13 12:54

      Was between brighton and uitzicht... road was closed off coming from cape gate side at brighton road going to Uitzicht.

      Beebaybi25 - 2011-05-13 13:18

      Thank you all for the lovely messages!!! Amy (little girl) is at the Cape Gate Medi Clinic, she has bleeding on the brain and her face is quite badly damaged.

      Totman - 2011-05-13 13:40

      @Gore. Vaaldonkie [thanks]is right. I drive the road daily, but not today. @Wollie. Thanks. I know the road. @Jason. Thanks! @Beebayi25. Our thoughts are with you all. I know the PRO and will offer my assistance through them if they feel it is needed.

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  • KomboKitten - 2011-05-13 11:49

    R.I.P and condolences :(

  • edward.abrahams - 2011-05-13 11:51

    I was so afraid to read this as I drive my little boy to school as well, just like many other parents do. How heart-braking! Dear God, please will you be with this little girl and her mom or siblings(if she has any). Our hearts as fellow citizens goes out to this family...

  • Queteepie - 2011-05-13 11:53

    How terrible for the little girl to witness such a horrific incident. Very sad.

      pawsaw - 2011-05-13 15:46

      Let us hope that she has no memory of the event at least until she is old enough to process it and also that there is minimal brain damage as a result of the bleeding. Poor little soul. He who knows everything have mercy on her and heal her please.

  • thabatao - 2011-05-13 11:53

    And the government still allow the killers to roam our streets without prosecution. How many millions must be killed by trucks before some dumb idiot realises what is happening.

      Totman - 2011-05-13 12:39

      Don't blame all trucks please!!!!!! It is not so clear cut.

  • Thuli2li - 2011-05-13 12:04

    That's sad for the child to watch her dad die right in front of her... My deepest and most sincere condelences to the family.

      Totman - 2011-05-13 12:42

      I agree with you and edward.abrahams. So sad. I don't want me daughter to see me dying like that. It was on my route and that scared the s... of of me! Condolences to the family!!!!!

  • I <3 SA - 2011-05-13 12:36

    What a horrible way to go, and the poor girl witnessed it :-( Condolences to the family.

  • lestroy - 2011-05-13 12:55

    I saw the accident this morning and the stop street where it happened needs to get a robot(traffic light) I drive there every morning and it's not safe at all!! RIP!!

      MW - 2011-05-13 14:23

      I agree 100%...... who do we speak to?

      Beverley - 2011-05-13 14:29

      I Agree too! everyone takes chances there as well. I live in Langeberg Heights and coming from Cape Gate direction and need to turn into hennop street, drivers ride up your bumper even though your indicator is on!

      Totman - 2011-05-13 15:51

      @MW. I will see if it is still the same people in charge[politically] They help me with speeding up the proses with the circle in Langeberg[Pinehurts] road a few years ago. They first wanted to do a temporarily stop, but with some convincing they were so helpful to start the circle in a short time.

      Shaun M - 2011-05-14 06:59

      Absolutely needed. I also live in the area and both my wife (with our daughter) and I drive through that intersection every morning. It is potential deathtrap and with the volume of cars moving past there, it definitely needs a robot.

      sunette.swart - 2011-05-14 11:50

      I agree, we live in Bonnie Brae and my husband takes our 7 month old baby to creche in Hennop Street every morning and I fetch her in the afternoons. I hate crossing Okavango from Hennop Street as people don't keep to the 60km speed limit from Uitzight and the Brighton crossing. Each day I dread crossing that road as it's a death trap. My hart stopped when I heard about the accident as I was at work already in CT CBD, I realized it could have been my husband and child or my sister-in-law and her child as they stay up the road and have to cross that road to drop her off at school as well. A robot is definite needed A.S.A.P. My hart goes out to the family and little girl.

  • Ryno - 2011-05-13 13:04

    Deepest condolences to the family and friend!!!

  • bronwynmatthewsnewman - 2011-05-13 13:08

    This is very sad news. My heartfelt prayers goes out to the family.

  • Beebaybi25 - 2011-05-13 13:12

    You will be sadly missed my friend!!!! I will see you on the other side!!! Love you!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

      Barry - 2011-05-13 16:05

      Beebaybi25 You sound like the Mother of Amy and the Wife of the deceased. If so we ALL feel it for you on this site. Be strong Regards

      Caz - 2011-05-14 10:19

      Just curious, in one comment you call the little girl Amber and in the next you call her Amy, What is her name?

      J-K-L - 2011-05-16 16:38

      She is a 7 year old girl, and her name is Amber....

  • Moipone Bokaba - 2011-05-13 13:17

    My heartfelt condolences, when i lost my dad someone send me this words to comfort me and i send them to that little girl and her family.May God keep you and your family strong in these trying times. He is Gone You can shed tears that he is gone, Or you can smile because he lived, You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see him Or you can be full of the love that you shared, You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he is gone Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on, You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back, Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

  • Honeybabe - 2011-05-13 14:18

    This child will probably be traumatized for life. Shoo bt i have noticed something about truck drivers, not that i am saying this one was a fault, but most truck drivers on the road are just pure selfish and cruel. Its like they say ooh well my ride is strong and up and yours, well if you wanna end up under my ride, drive next to me. Condolences to the family!

  • Ingrid Bester - 2011-05-13 18:21

    I drove past the scene this morning and saw how bad it looked. Unfortunately it looked like the bakkie was at fault but the fog was very thick adding to the already dangerous intersection. Our hearts go out to the family whose life's got destroyed.

  • NZdreamer - 2011-05-13 21:27

    Very, very sad! This poor child has to witness, RIP - to the Dad, and let's all slow down on the roads.....this could have been avoided, I am sure.....

  • limukani.moyo - 2011-05-14 00:52

    Most of the rubbish truck drivers they are wreckless like police knowing that they are not penalised for that.

  • sam THE brand - 2011-05-14 11:24

    Whatever the reason for the accident it is not our place to speculate, Amber is in critical care and Atholl has passed on, the family should be the focus right now and not comment slinging as to who did what, when , where or how....keep Amber in your thoughts while posting facetious comments and speculations, it is unfair for the family to come across comments of that nature during this time

  • J-K-L - 2011-05-16 16:21

    i agree with sam the brand....

  • J-K-L - 2011-05-16 16:27

    it does not matter who was wrong or who was right, the fact remains that Amber is going to grow up with a dad..and Chantel without a husband we need to pray that she gets better soon..May God carry Chantel through this time,they got a long road ahead of them. we there for you Chants, love you's lots...

      J-K-L - 2011-05-16 16:29

      without a dad---sorry

      sam THE brand - 2011-05-17 15:18

      Do you have news on Amber? Is she still in hospital? I was in High School with Atholl and maintained contact with him as school friends do, he passed on my daughters 3rd birthday and it has shocked me to my core....All the old scholars here in PE are desperately trying to get updates on Amber as well as the funeral arrangements so we can send a few things to CPT, but we feel it may be somewhat insensitive to contact Chantel at this time :(

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