Road crashes continue

Road crashes and deaths continue to sour the new year, including incidents of driving without a valid driver's licence.

15 January 2020 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT







The driver of a government ambulance has been arrested for alleged drunk driving after he crashed into another car in Katutura last Friday.

According to the police, the accident occurred at around 21:45 at the intersection of Independence Avenue and Hans Dietrich Genschcher Street.

The ambulance collided with a BMW sedan when the ambulance driver turned without yielding for oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision. This occurred while the ambulance was busy with an emergency.

The driver of the ambulance was arrested.

The police said that there were no patients in the ambulance at the time of the accident. The occupants of the BMW sedan were slightly injured.

In another incident, two people were killed in an accident last Friday on the gravel road between Kaoko and Otavi.

The accident occurred when the driver of a Toyota bakkie lost control of the vehicle while overtaking another vehicle and overturned.

According to the police, two passengers were killed on the spot. All seven other occupants of the bakkie, including the driver, were injured and taken to Opuwo State Hospital for medical attention.

The deceased have been identified as Uakapimba Ngumbi and Tjikotomba Tjingee. The driver of the bakkie was driving without a driver’s licence.

In another incident last Friday at Karibib, it is alleged that a 22-year-old man recklessly drove a Toyota bakkie while the lawful owner of the vehicle was asleep. In the process, he collided with a vehicle carrying four people. One person died.

According to the police, the suspect hit a grey Jetta which was parked with its bonnet open because the owner of the car was busy repairing it.

The deceased has been identified as 28-year-old Masen Awaseb, a resident of Swakopmund. The suspect fled the scene, but later handed himself over to the Karibib police.

Last Saturday at Iingombwele village, the driver of a Toyota Corolla, heading from Oshikuku to Elim, hit a pedestrian who was crossing the road. Albertina Aron (28) died at the scene.

In another accident last Sunday, a motor vehicle overturned after the driver lost control on the Tsumke gravel road while trying to avoid cattle which were lying in the road.

The driver, Sergeant SN Akumbi, died at the scene, while four other passengers sustained injuries and were transported to the Mangetti Clinic.

An unlicensed driver also lost control of a vehicle that overturned last Sunday about 10km from Berseba. One person died in the accident.

The 19-year-old passenger Christian Kulhman was thrown out of the car and died at the scene. The 21-year-old driver was seriously injured and hospitalised at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.

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