Namibian driver dies in Canadian crash

16 January 2020 | Accidents

The family of a truck driver who died in a car crash in Taber, Canada, are trying to raise N$200 000 to repatriate the remains of Usiel Kanguatjivi.

Kanguatjivi (31), of Saskatoon in Canada, was one of four people killed when the pickup truck he was driving and a van collided near the town in which he resided.

A family representative, Cornelius Kanguatjivi, said attempts were being made to raise the money required both here and in Canada to repatriate his relative's remains.

“We are trying to raise the money. We need close to N$200 000. That side [Canada] they are trying their level best to raise the money. We will discuss what we will need to add in family meetings we will have this week,” said Kanguatjivi.

A local undertaker had initiated contact with officials in Canada for the body's repatriation, he said.

Merlyn Kauari, the partner of the late Kanguatjivi, was struggling to explain his death to their five-year-old son, Alexander, the Montreal Times reported.

“I don't want him to think that dad is coming home when he's not coming home,” she said. “It has been really hard. Both our lives have changed forever.”

Kauari knew something was wrong when Kanguatjivi did not answer his phone when she called him last week Friday. At about noon, one of his co-workers called her to say there had been an accident with one of the vehicles at work.

“I was panicking and afraid for him because I knew that he was one of the drivers,” she said.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with the cost of repatriation, with a target of C$25 000 (N$275 000).

Kanguatjivi had planned to come back to Namibia for the first time this year after nine years in Canada. He planned to visit his mother and eventually take his three other children from Namibia to Canada, Kauari said.

-additional reporting by the Montreal Times

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