No arrests made as carwasher who drove into pregnant woman is fired with immediate effect

The carwasher who was behind the wheel when Belinda Louw was knocked down at a Sasol filling station in Pretoria has been fired.

Eduan van As, manager of the filling station, said other than announcing that the man had been dismissed with immediate effect, they could not yet disclose any further details. “As soon as we can disclose more, we will issue a statement,” he said.

Belinda (35) died on Sunday night after being in a critical condition in hospital since the accident. She was 38 weeks pregnant and her baby was expected to be born on 19 August. She and her fiancé, Corné Hitge, were going to name their firstborn Ryan.

At the time of the accident Belinda was waiting for her car to be washed at the carwash on the corner of Johan Heyns Drive and Ben Swart Street.

Police spokesperson Captain Coba Britz says a charge of culpable homicide is being investigated. The carwasher had already made a statement but a few other statements were still awaited.

“The dossier will now go to court, where a decision will be made. We don’t simply arrest someone. The court makes the decision.”

Captain Britz says it was a difficult situation and everybody affected was very emotional.

Lindi Calitz was distraught on Tuesday morning about her longstanding friend Belinda, whom she’d known since their school days.

“It still feels unreal. You read about it everywhere,” she said, weeping.

She and Belinda had seen each other often recently. She described Belinda as the most bubbly person she knew. “She loved sport and was always the life of a party. She always brightened everybody’s day.”

Lindi recently took photographs of a glowingly pregnant Belinda with Corné. On 13 July she wrote on the Facebook photo album: “Belinda and Corné, what a privilege it was to capture this precious time in your lives on camera. Can’t wait for little Ryan.”

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