Four lives lost in B2 crash

13 November 2021 | Accidents

Four persons died in an accident on the B2 route about 30km between Usakos and Arandis on Friday.

The police are investigating a case of culpable homicide and reckless and or negligent driving after a grey Toyota sedan (7-seater) with registration number N 6003 S with seven (7) occupants including the driver travelling from Windhoek to Walvis Bay, collided head-on with an Isuzu double cab with registration number N136- 852 W with two Brazilians foreign nationals travelling from Arandis towards Usakos.

The commander for community affairs in the Erongo region, Inspector Iileni Shapumba, confirmed the incident saying it happened at around 23:30. “Four occupants from the 7-seater vehicle including the driver succumbed to the injuries at the scene. The remaining three females (occupants) sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital in Windhoek for treatment. The occupants of the Isuzu pick up, two males aged 26 and 29 escaped with minor injuries.”

Shapumba said that the police are currently busy with investigations. This includes the process of identifying the victims (deceased persons).

He called on the public and possible family members to assist in this regard by contacting Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu at 0812464757, Detective Warrant Officer Rodolf Kasuto at 0816091846 or Sergeant Patrick Mubuyaeta at 0814565078. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Walvis Bay police mortuary.

In another accident which occurred on the road to Walvis Bay, the driver (33) of a grey Volkswagen Passat with registration number NDF 0467 bumped a pedestrian. “Denis Paneni Kashona (19) was allegedly crossing the road. The victim was declared dead on the scene by St Gabriel Paramedics. The next of kin were informed.”

Shapumba added that an analysis of the information from the recent spate of accidents indicate that seven lives were lost between Friday 11 and 12 November 2021 and also reflect that most of the persons who lost their lives, are young people.

He further said that a bad trend of drunken drivers arrested particularly in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and in two cases on the main road in Usakos and Karibib area, for the month of September 2021, have been observed. “We are clossing in on the festive season and anticipate an increase in the volume of vehicles on our roads as usual. All road users are advised to exercise caution, exhibit a sense of responsibility and to be alert when driving. We will only arrive at our destinations safely when we act responsibly and through strict compliance with the rules on the roads. Let us drive within speed limits and ensure that vehicles are road worthy at all times.”

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