Roadside tragedy claims infant

25 April 2018 | Accidents

A two-month-old baby died on Monday when a Toyota Corolla taxi rammed into the mother, who was hitchhiking with the infant along the Omungwelume-Oshakati road.

The incident happened at Onambedi village in the Etayi constituency at around 15:00.

According to a police report the taxi was travelling from the direction of Oshakati towards Omungwelume when a Toyota Hilux bakkie, which was travelling in the same direction, bumped the sedan from behind. Consequently, the driver of the Toyota Corolla lost control and smashed into 27-year-old Selma Phillemon, who was standing next to the road with her two-month-old baby, Ndeshihafela Haipinge.

The baby died on the spot, while Phillemon sustained serious injuries.

She is currently admitted at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

The taxi driver has been identified as Leonard Nakashole (27) and Ella Kaalushu (56) is the driver of the Toyota Hilux bakkie.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened, but no arrests have been made. Police investigations continue.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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