16 road deaths mar long weekend

28 August 2019 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT

At least 16 people were killed in accidents on Namibia’s roads over the past long weekend, including two toddlers and the two teenagers that died in a bus crash near Kalkrand.

According to the police two people were killed in an accident about 20 km from Bethanie on Thursday. It is alleged that a white Ford Bantam with seven occupants was travelling from Bethanie to Kosis settlement when it overturned.

The deceased were identified as 25-year-old Brandon Wayl and 27-year-old Yolandy Fredericks. The other five occupants were seriously injured and were taken to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital for treatment.

In a separate accident on Thursday two women were killed in an accident about four kilometres from Otavi.

A red Volkswagen Golf was apparently travelling from Tsumeb to Otavi when it overturned, killing the two female passengers on the spot.

Three other occupants, including the driver, were slightly injured and rushed to Tsumeb hospital for treatment. The deceased were identified as 43-year-old Selma Hanamus and 18-year-old Immany Hanamus.

In another accident outside Otavi on Thursday, two women died when a silver VW Combi travelling from Otjiwarongo to Otavi overturned. The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle while overtaking another car. Two female passengers died on the spot while five other people were injured. The driver escaped unhurt. The deceased were identified as Hulda Booys and Tanja Josob.

Another roll-over claimed the life of 45-year-old woman about 120 km from Keetmanshoop on Thursday. Four other passengers were injured.

In an accident at Kahenge on Thursday a silver Kia Rio sedan hit a woman who was crossing the road while carrying her baby on her back. The woman was killed on the spot and her eight-month-old baby died later at Nankudu Hospital.

The deceased were identified as Namukwata Theresia Mulyeni and Gotfried Hamunyera Matyayi. The driver was arrested.

Another female pedestrian was killed on Saturday on the main road between Ondangwa and Ongwediva. It is alleged that the unidentified woman was walking next to the road with a man who pushed her into the road and then ran away. Police investigations are continuing.

Two passengers were killed when a bakkie overturned about 10 km from Swakopmund on Saturday. Two others sustained slight to serious injuries.

In a separate accident on Sunday a three-year-old child was run over by a trailer at a house north of Oshivelo.

The trailer was apparently being pulled by a bakkie driven by the child’s father. The toddler, identified as Joevi Nambahu, was rushed to Oshivelo Clinic where he was pronounced dead.

Paulus Ndemwoongela Nghifinwa (24) died in an accident at the Eenyika cuca shops near Eenhana on Saturday. He was a passenger in a white Toyota Corolla that crashed into a tree.

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