Hit-and-run ‘killer’ caught on CCTV

2016-03-04 11:30
A screenshot from CCTV footage of the car believed to have killed Lorenzo Franceshci last Saturday morning.

A screenshot from CCTV footage of the car believed to have killed Lorenzo Franceshci last Saturday morning. (Facebook)

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Pietermaritzburg - The hunt for a black Jeep Compass believed to have killed well-known Pietermaritzburg Libra Motors owner Lorenzo Franceschi last Saturday is on.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Franceschi’s body was found lying at the intersection of Peter Kerchhoff (Chapel) and Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) streets.

Franceschi had been the victim of a hit-and-run and efforts to find the driver responsible have doubled.

CCTV footage posted on Facebook captured from the Pietermaritzburg Safe City street cameras shows a black Jeep Compass at the intersection of Chief Albert Luthuli and Jabu Ndlovu Street shortly after the incident is believed to have occurred.

Franceschi’s son, Giovanni Franceschi, 19, said through the CCTV footage, and the process of elimination, a vehicle had been found on the camera footage that is believed to have killed his father on Saturday. A partial number plate can be seen.

“I cannot rest until we find the driver who did this,” said Giovanni. “We think we have found the car, but not the driver, however, it is a start,” he said.

Giovanni said he was in contact with a private investigator who was making rapid progress on the case.

“The investigator has run scans on the partial number plate and I feel we will get results soon.

“This person must know that people are looking for him. This is not something that can be kept secret, and they must have confided in someone and we are asking them to come forward.”

He said he and his family were offering a R5 000 reward to anyone who could identify the driver and appealed to the public to “do what is right”.

“People have been so supportive and it makes me so proud to know my dad had the friends that he did. They have all been amazing and extremely sympathetic.”

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the investigation’s progress was going “very well”.

“We believe the investigation will end in a positive result,” he said.

Giovanni said there would be a mass ride in honour of his father on Friday from the Autobahn in Hayfields to the Mountain Rise Crematorium.

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