Long weekend marred by reckless driving

20 April 2017 | Accidents

Adolf Kaure



Several cases of negligent and reckless driving was reported during the Easter long weekend, resulting in two deaths and many sustained injuries.

According to the Erongo regional crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, The most costly accident took place on Saturday in Walvis Bay where at about 23:00, a white Nissan double cab with two occupants, namely the driver Robert Hanekom (45), and passenger Loretha Louw (41), was bumped on the passenger's side by a white Toyota Hilux double cab which was driven by Liam Daniel (25).

The collision occurred at the intersection of Nangolo Mbumba Drive and 5th Road when the Toyota Hilux emerged from a northern direction along Nangolo Mbumba Drive where it crashed into the Nissan double cab which was travelling along 5th Street in an eastern direction.

Louw died on the spot and the driver was seriously injured. Daniel was also seriously injured. While police investigations continue, the injured were admitted at the Welwitschia hospital and Walvis Bay State Hospital respectively. The next of kin of the deceased person were informed.

Another case of reckless and negligent driving took place in Usakos on Good Friday. According to Iikuyu the 26 year-old driver, Michael Richard Matafeni, was travelling on B2 road from Windhoek at 22:40 with his girlfriend, Bonani Mthimkhulu (25). The two Zimbabwean nationals were heading to Walvis Bay for the Easter weekend.

About 45 km from Usakos towards Arandis, the driver lost control over the vehicle and his silver Toyota Etios overturned.

Matafeni, who works and resides in Windhoek, sustained minor injuries while Mthimkhulu sustained a fractured hip and head injury.

She just arrived in Namibia from South Africa for a visit. She was admitted to Swakopmund State Hospital in a stable condition. The cause of accident is not yet determined and police investigations continue.

Another fatal accident took place in Henties Bay. It is alleged that on Sunday between 15:00 and 16:00 a silver Toyota Corolla was travelling on C34 gravel road from Henties Bay to Cape Cross. There were five occupants in the vehicle, including the driver. It is further alleged that while travelling about 40 km outside Henties Bay, the driver, Salom Antonio (32), lost control over the vehicle and it overturned. He was taken to Swakopmund State Hospital where he passed away at around 23:00 the same day. The 24-year-old passenger, Cecilia Salathiel, was seriously injured and transferred to Windhoek state hospital. Elizabeth Hangula (27) sustained only light injuries while Eben Mutilifa (20) and Elia Shimwino (32) sustained no injuries. The next of kin of the deceased person in Walvis Bay were informed and police investigations into the cause of the accident continue.

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