Hijacked mom and kids recovering after horror crash

2016-04-21 11:21
The accident scene where three hijackers took off with a mother and her three children before crashing into a bakkie (Credit: Steve van Eeden, Supplied to News24)

The accident scene where three hijackers took off with a mother and her three children before crashing into a bakkie (Credit: Steve van Eeden, Supplied to News24)

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Johannesburg – Three members of the Bright family, who were hijacked and then involved in an accident after the hijackers crashed their car, are steadily recovering, a family member said on Thursday.

Marelize Bright and two of her children were hospitalised in serious to critical conditions following a dramatic hijacking and car crash in Florida, west of Johannesburg, last week.

According to Marelize’s brother-in-law, Alan Bright, the family seems to be on the recovery path.

"Marelize is still in the ICU at Milpark Hospital. She is stable, but her situation remains critical," he told News24.

He said that 6-year-old Damian, who was taken to Clinton Hospital with brain swelling, liquid on the lungs, and a lot of bruising, had been taken off the ventilator and had recognised them on Wednesday.

"He is awake and spoke with us yesterday," he said.

Probably the best news was that Abigail, 10 - who has a broken arm and cracked pelvis - had been discharged from hospital and was recovering at home.

The family’s year-old daughter, Marinique, came out of the accident unscathed.

A group of hijackers made off with Marelize and her three children after she had parked her Hyundai i20 at a crèche on Friday.

A staff member at the crèche pushed the panic button for an armed response.

A dramatic car chase ensued with the armed response van and a private citizen involved.

As the chase continued, the hijackers turned a corner and lost control of the vehicle, hitting a traffic island, before smashing into a bakkie pulling a trailer, which had been coming from the opposite direction.

(Steve van Eeden, Supplied to News24)

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