JC’s wife, Claudia (24), told YOU her biggest wish is that her husband will
survive the incident and live to see their daughter, Alliana (13 months), grow
Miraculously, Claudia and Alliana weren’t injured in the incident – even after an armed robber tried robbing them shortly afterwards.
“I promised God that if my husband survived, I’d bear witness about what happened to us for the rest of my life.
“I need to be strong. I need to process so I can be there for him when he wakes up,” Claudia says emotionally.
The couple were married on 19 August 2017.
JC has been operated on twice – once to fix his shattered jawbone and again to remove a tooth that had been stuck in a lung and was blocking his airway. On Wednesday, when the swelling to his face will hopefully have gone down enough, there’ll be another operation to try to repair the damage to his face.
The incident took place at around 3.30am near a bridge on the R566, near the Hartbeespoortdam offramp to the N4. The family had been on their way to visit Claudia’s mom in Welkom in the Free State when the concrete brick, presumably flung from a nearby bridge, smashed into their windscreen.
“We’d recently decided to buy a home,” Claudia tells us. “The evening before the accident we’d gone on a date night. JC was so excited. On our way to the restaurant, we drove by our new home. And JC said how he’d never have thought at 26 he’d have such a wonderful wife, a child, a job and a home.
“He said he couldn’t wait to move in. I wish I’d taken a picture of him that evening. He looked so sexy, so happy. I couldn’t stop looking at him.
“Now, I just wish I could erase the memory of his face after the incident . . .”
She says JC had done everything possible to keep the bakkie under control after the brick hit. They missed the bridge and ended up in a field. She could see JC was badly hurt. She called her brother, but suddenly there was an armed robber at the bakkie’s window, demanding money.
“It was the longest half hour of my life,” she says about the time between the accident and when help arrived.
JC’s father, Hannes Roos (50), and his wife, Erica (53), were first on the scene. Hannes says all he recalls of the conversation with Claudia is that there’d been an accident and that JC was badly hurt.
Nothing could prepare him for the shock.
“When I got there, JC was still responsive. When the ambulance arrived, he managed to walk the 50m to the paramedics.
“I’m just so grateful that my daughter-in-law and granddaughter are unhurt. My son could take the hit – he’s a strong, large man. But yes, he’s broken . . .”
JC, who was first taken to nearby Mediclinic Brits, was airlifted that same morning to Milpark.
Claudia is still trying to come to terms with it all. “I can’t be asking ‘why’ and ‘what if’ right now. It wasn’t my husband’s fault and I hope that he’ll never blame himself. But I can’t help wondering how a person can have so much hate in their hearts that they could do that to someone?”
But Claudia and the rest of the family are hopeful JC will make a full recovery.
Alliana misses her daddy and Claudia hopes he can come home soon.
“She doesn’t know he’s [in hospital]. He’s the one who always puts her to bed at night and gets her to sleep,” Claudia says.
Captain Aafje Botma, police spokesman in North West, on Monday confirmed no arrests have been made but that charges of attempted murder and robbery are being investigated.