Reckless driver charged with culpable homicide

01 June 2017 | Accidents

Adolf Kaure

The Erongo crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, has warned that reckless drivers put their lives and the lives of other in danger.

This stern warning was issued in a telephonic interview with Erongo this week, following numerous report of reckless driving in the region. One such incident is the accident that occurred on the Swakopmund/Henties Bay road (C34 route) earlier this month. Iikuyu confirmed that a charge of culpable homicide has been leveled against the driver of the vehicle.

One of the occupants in the vehicle died in a Windhoek hospital over the weekend. The accident occurred on 1 May when a single cab pick-up with 19 occupants veered off the road and overturned when the driver apparently lost control. Numerous victims sustained injuries varying from serious, less serious and minor, respectively.

The driver, who was initially charged with reckless or negligent driving and driving without a license, is now facing an additional charge.

“If you don’t have a license, it is illegal for you to drive a motor vehicle. Number one, you put your life in danger, number two, you put your passengers and other road users’ lives in danger. We must refrain from doing that,” said Iikuyu.

He added that the police cannot be everywhere to prevent such incidents from happening and that all drivers are obliged to be responsible road users.

“The police are just here to enforce the law. It is the responsibility of drivers to make sure that the lives of their passengers are protected. Even a car owner, if he gives his car to someone who does not have a licence, is just as guilty as someone who is driving the car without a driver’s license,” he said.

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