RAF to pay 75% of damages suffered in hit-and-run case

2016-03-04 10:22
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Pietermaritzburg - The Road Accident Fund has agreed to pay Msunduzi amputee and body builder Kiran Singh 75% of damages he can prove he suffered in a hit-and-run accident on Field’s Hill in 2012.

This is in terms of a settlement agreement reached between the parties at the high court on Thursday concerning the issue of liability only.

The amount Singh will ultimately be entitled to must still be proved at a ­future hearing. His initial claim was for just over R11 million.

Singh’s left leg was amputated above the knee as a result of the collision.

In a written statement issued via his lawyer Sahil Singh on Thursday, Kiran Singh said he was pleased the issue concerning negligence had been resolved.

“It has been emotionally traumatic and stressful dealing with these past couple of days. My pain has been continuous both physically and mentally,” he said.

Singh added that he still suffers from “immense psychological trauma” as a result of his injuries, which has affected his self-esteem. His disfigurement diminished his self-worth.

Singh thanked his legal representatives and anyone else who assisted him with the case, especially his family and close friends.

Before the out-of-court settlement was reached, Singh’s advocate Gerhard Roberts SC, told Judge Mohini Moodley it had already been agreed that the issue of the RAF’s liability (to pay damages to Singh) and the amount payable should be separated.

Roberts said the evidence he was planning to lead would show Singh suffered severe injuries when the driver of a silver Volvo veered onto the extreme right lane of the M13, where Singh was travelling on his motorcycle, causing Singh to fall off.

Apart from a fractured femur and other injuries, Singh was unconscious at various stages and his left leg was severed from his body. “It was in fact found on the scene still in his boot,” said Roberts.

He said Singh and three friends were on a “breakfast run” when the accident happened and Singh was the front rider. He was dressed in “proper attire” and was wearing a helmet.

According to one eye witness the Volvo had “braked” before speeding away from the accident scene.

The accident occurred on the northbound freeway when Singh and his friends were returning to Pietermaritzburg from Durban on October 14, 2012.

Roberts said they planned to demonstrate that the Volvo which caused the accident had been driving “erratically”.

The M13 was extremely busy at the time due to the Amashova cycle race which was taking place that Sunday and the Volvo reportedly continually moved from lane to lane in a bid to overtake the other traffic.

Singh, who works at Msunduzi’s fire department, won the disabled World National Body Building Olympia in California, US in November 2014.

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