Shattering ordeal in N3 rock attack

2017-08-10 13:51
A 73-year-old woman’s car was damaged when a projectile was hurled at it by a pedestrian on the N3.

A 73-year-old woman’s car was damaged when a projectile was hurled at it by a pedestrian on the N3. (Kerushun Pillay)

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A 73-year-old woman was left shaken after an object was hurled at her car on the N3 freeway near Ohrtmann Road.

Brenda O’Connor, who is retired, was travelling home to Chase Valley from Hayfields on Monday when a person on the side of the road threw an object at her Toyota Yaris in broad daylight.

“At about 12 o’clock I was driving on the N3 and someone at the side of the road saw me. As I was approaching he began running and then threw something at the car.”

O’Connor assumed the person had thrown the object in the hope that she would stop her car so criminals could rob her.

She said she was left “shattered” afterwards. “It’s not a nice experience. Fortunately it didn’t hit the windscreen and me behind it.

“I want people to be aware. I use that part of the freeway often.”

She said she was not considering an alternative route. “What options do I have? [Going through] town is just as bad.

“I’m very careful; I lock doors and everything, but they can just put a brick through my window. Something must be done.”

Ramps leading to or off the N3 in Pietermaritzburg have recently been used by criminals to stage their attacks, with The Witness reporting on numerous cases recently. Last week, the paper reported that a woman had her suitcase full of belongings stolen when on the N3 near Church Street.

Earlier this month, The Witness reported on a man being almost hijacked at an N3 off-ramp when someone disguised as a street vendor accosted him with barbed wire.

In another incident a couple fell victim to a smash and grab robbery on the N3 off-ramp on Dr Chota Motala Road.

O’Connor’s vehicle sustained damage to the grill, and the Toyota emblem was knocked off in the incident. A panel beater said repairs would cost R7 500.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mtokozisi Ngobese yesterday warned the public to exercise caution while using the N3.

He said it has become a hotspot for criminal behaviour.

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