Firefighter who lost his leg claims R11m

2016-03-03 10:43
Kiran Singh (26) was an active firefighter and novice body builder was involved in a hit and run accident last year which resulted in his left leg being amputated from above his knee.

Kiran Singh (26) was an active firefighter and novice body builder was involved in a hit and run accident last year which resulted in his left leg being amputated from above his knee. (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - Msunduzi firefighter and bodybuilder Kiran Singh, whose left leg was amputated above the knee allegedly as a result of a hit-and-run accident on the freeway in 2012, is claiming R11 million from the Road Accident Fund.

The trial this week will focus on whether or not the RAF is liable for a payout to Singh, with the amount of damages to be determined later on if he succeeds in his case.

The start of the trial in the high court was delayed on Wednesday while legal teams for the RAF and Singh discussed possibilities of settling the matter. However, lawyers later said the trial is expected to start on Thursday.

According to court papers, Singh — who at the time was permanently employed as a senior divisional operations officer by Msunduzi’s Fire and Rescue service — was seriously injured on October 14, 2012, when a silver-grey Volvo car (with Gauteng registration plates) collided with his blue Yamaha motorcycle.

According to the papers, both vehicles were travelling along the M13 freeway at 09:30 when the Volvo veered into Singh’s path and collided with his motorbike. He suffered severe injuries including a “traumatic brain injury resulting in retrograde amnesia”, neck injuries, a fractured left femur and his left leg was amputated above the knee.

The driver of the car involved in the crash failed to stop and render assistance to Singh. The vehicle was never found. Singh was 26 years old at the time of the crash.

According to the court papers, apart from his permanent job at Msunduzi fire department, Singh was an “avid body builder” who received many accolades for his body-building activities. It is alleged that his injuries affected his life and rendered him “unemployable in the open labour market”.

In replying papers, the RAF stated that Singh was required to prove the circumstances surrounding the accident, including whether or not there was any contributory negligence on his part. One of the issues raised by the RAF is whether or not Singh wore protective clothing or a helmet at the time of the collision.

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