Car shatters weekend peace

2009-06-15 08:16
Kimberley – The peace and quiet in a Kimberley suburb was shattered on Sunday morning, when a luxury German car burst through two fences, knocking down a steel pole and coming to rest under a broken awning.

The drama happened about 07:15 at the T junction of Strubenway and Pickering street, while most people were still fast asleep.

Marius Cillier, of Strubenway 3, Rhodesdene, described the crash against his cement wall as sounding like a canon shot.

 “I ran to the awning. A car was lodged in a big hole in my wall, still idling. Water and oil were streaming out. I was afraid it might catch alight.”

The driver and three women were standing on the pavement arguing. Once the driver had turned off the car, he suddenly just ran away.

Cilliers said a passing motorist followed the man. Minutes later, he was arrested at a nearby supermarket, where he was drinking liquid soap.

Bart Nel, 75, Cilliers’ neighbour at Strubenway 5, was still in the bedroom when the Mercedes-Benz burst through his fence, bending the corner of a second fence along his stoep and flying over a young naartjie tree before hitting Cilliers’ concrete wall between the two plots.

“If the car hadn’t swerved slightly towards the left, he would have ended up in my bedroom,” said the widower. “We’re grateful that no one got hurt.”

While Volksblad were on the scene, the flabbergasted owner of the car, Jack Ruby, showed up. This sleepy yet jovial contractor said he would pay for all the damage. His Mercedes which he bought last year for about R700 000, is insured.

A bystander said Ruby and a group of friends had spent the previous night partying in a dance club until the early hours.

The party was then moved to a flat in the city where it continued. While Ruby had a nap, one of his acquaintances apparently took his car keys and took three women for a joyride.

Cilliers said his and Nel’s fences in their front gardens are often wrecked by vehicles.
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