Four die in crashes

Between 1 January and 15 November, Namibia recorded 8 437 crashes, 915 slight injuries, 574 serious injuries and 193 deaths.

08 December 2020 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

Four people were killed in accidents this weekend, the first road fatalities to be reported for December.

According to the police, the driver of a bakkie lost control of his vehicle between Okahandja and Karibib last Friday.

It is alleged that the bakkie - with three occupants including the driver - was travelling from Karibib towards Okahandja when the driver lost control and the vehicle left the road, hit a culvert and collided with tree.

The 45-year-old driver died at the scene. The two passengers, a 43-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman, sustained moderate to serious injuries and were transported to the Okahandja State Hospital for medical treatment.

All three are members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF).

Another bakkie overturns

In another accident on Saturday, the driver of a bakkie lost control of the vehicle near the Mix settlement outside of Windhoek.

The bakkie overturned and the driver was seriously injured. The accident was first reported to the emergency services by a passer-by at 05:00 and the driver was taken to Katutura City Hospital, where he died from his injuries. The deceased was identified as 38-year-old Petrus Paulus, a member of NDF, stationed at the Suiderhof base.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man was arrested on charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving on Saturday in Okongo.

He was allegedly driving a vehicle without a licence and driving drunk when he hit a pedestrian. The 20-year-old Angolan citizen, who was trying to cross the road in the Omupembe village, died on the scene.

Woman dies in crash

In a separate accident on Saturday, a 33-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle at Silumbi in the district of Ngoma and it overturned.

A 20-year-old woman died at the scene while the driver and three passengers, aged 27, 31 and 32, were taken to the hospital in Katima Mulilo.

Between 1 January and 15 November, Namibia recorded 8 437 crashes, 915 slight injuries, 574 serious injuries and 193 deaths.

This was announced at the launch of the 2020/2021 festive season road safety campaign in Swakopmund two weeks ago.

The Otjozondjupa Region recorded the highest number of fatalities (35), followed by Oshikoto (23), Ohangwena (19), Kavango East (15) and Kunene (14).

Khomas recorded the highest number of crashes at 4 076, with 13 fatalities reported in the region.

The campaign will end on 15 January.

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