Girl, 12, killed, friend seriously injured in Cape Town 'truck surfing' incident

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Western Cape police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a 12-year-old girl died after she and a friend had gone "truck surfing". The friend was injured during the incident.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk confirmed the investigation after the girl died on Wednesday at the corners of Paulsberg and Kilimanjaro streets in Tafelsig.

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The 13-year-old who survived the horrific accident, which saw her friend die after falling off the back of a truck, was in a stable condition in a Mitchells Plain hospital, police confirmed on Thursday.

"According to reports, the two girls were hanging on a truck when they fell off the truck. The 13-year-old girl sustained head injuries and is in a stable condition in a nearby medical facility," Van Wyk said.

The Daily Voice identified the deceased girl as Vinita Louw.

According to the publication, the girls were known to "truck surf", which involved jumping on trucks passing through the area in Freedom Park.

A witness told the publication that the girls had fallen from the truck when it came to a halt at a stop street. The girls were reportedly crushed when the vehicle reversed.

Vinita's mother, Juanita, told the Daily Voice she was at work when she was informed of the accident and that her daughter had been killed.

She said that at the scene she had gone to "check" her daughter and could not believe that it was Vinita.

The teen who survived the incident reportedly sustained organ damage and internal bleeding.

- Compiled by Tammy Petersen

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