Funeral services vehicle runs over mentally-ill pedestrian
13 October 2020 | Accidents
A 43-year-old mentally-ill man was run over and killed by a vehicle belonging to Namibia Funeral Services at Onanime village along the Oshakati-Omungwelume road at around 18h00 on Friday.
This happened, ironically on the eve of World Mental Health Day, which was Saturday, 10 October.
Confirming the accident on Saturday, Inspector Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian police's community affairs' office identified the deceased as Antsino Natanael.
“The family of the deceased confirmed that he was mentally-ill and provided his medical report,” he said.
The 42-year-old driver of the Toyota Hilux bakkie was travelling from a funeral held in the area on the same day, Aiyambo said. According to him, there were two passengers in the vehicle, including a member of the Special Field Force (SFF) of the Oshakati police. The SFF officer was brought along from the same funeral, while the second passenger is also an employee of the funeral services company. The driver and the two passengers sustained injuries and were admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital for medical treatment. A culpable homicide case docket has been opened at Oshakati police station in connection with the matter, while police investigations continue.