Motorist knocked down, killed while chasing 'bag snatcher' on highway

2016-05-18 16:00
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Cape Town - A motorist who chased a suspected bag snatcher was knocked down and killed by a car on the R300, Western Cape traffic authorities said on Wednesday.

The suspected thief was left seriously injured during the chase on Tuesday night, traffic chief Kenny Africa said.

Two men pulled over on the highway near Jakes Gerwel Drive shortly after 19:00 to pray on the side of the road.

The fifth and final prayer of the day for Muslims on Tuesday was at 19:17.

“While they were praying, a man came from the bushes, took something which seemed to have been a bag from the vehicle, and ran off," he said.

One of the men gave chase and a passing car struck the two. The robber was seriously injured and the motorist was killed.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the incident was being investigated. A culpable homicide case was opened, but no arrests had been made yet.

Africa warned motorists not to stop along the R300 and the N2, which were considered "red areas", owing to the number of crimes reported along these highways.

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