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Serious vehicle accidents claim two lives

Serious vehicle accidents claim two lives

Serious vehicle accidents claim two lives
Pictured: The scenes of two fatal accidents that occurred since Saturday evening.

Niel Terblanche

Two people were killed and several more were injured as a result of two different motor vehicle accidents in the Erongo Region since Saturday night.
The latest motor vehicle accident claimed the life of a young man from the United States of America.
According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, the 35-year-old man from America was driving a Toyota Fortuner in a convoy of five vehicles when the accident occurred.
“The occupants of the Fortuner were part of a convoy of five vehicles that were travelling from Omaruru to Swakopmund. About 45 kilometres from Usakos on the way to Arandis the driver lost control over the vehicle and it left the road and overturned. The driver passed away on the scene of the accident.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu the actual cause of the accident that occurred around 13:30 on Sunday still has to be determined.
“Three other occupants of the vehicle, a 29-year-old man also from America and two women from Ireland, a 25-year-old and the other 35 years of age, were all seriously injured. All the injured persons were transported to the Cottage Hospital in Swakopmund for further stabilisation and medical care.”
He said the name of the deceased person will be made available once his immediate family is informed about his untimely death.
The first fatal motor vehicle accident occurred at about 23:45 on Saturday evening when the driver of a white Toyota Hilux bakkie crashed head-on into an oncoming Range Rover after he initially lost control over the vehicle.
“It is alleged that the deceased person, identified as one A. Vernasius, was travelling from Swakopmund towards Walvis Bay. He was alone in the car. It is further alleged that, while driving near Afrodite Beach, he lost control over the vehicle. The vehicle left the road and after regaining control and upon bringing it back on the road it collided head-on with an oncoming Range Rover driven by Kurt Düval.”
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu a third vehicle was also involved in the accident.
“A white Toyota Run-X driven by Kanisius Hangula ran over the wreckage of the two vehicles involved in the initial head-on collision where-after he lost control over the vehicle. The vehicle left the road but luckily came to a standstill in the sand next to the road.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the driver of the Hilux died instantly while the driver and three passengers in the Range Rovers survived with injuries ranging from serious to moderate.
He said the driver of the Run X and his three passengers sustained only slight injuries. All the injured parties were transported to hospitals in Walvis Bay for further medical care.
In the meantime a pizza delivery man from Walvis Bay, the 30-year-old Johannes Elia Utah, is currently fighting for his life in a Windhoek hospital after he was seriously injured when he drove his delivery motorcycle into a Range Rover that turned in front of him.
“The accident occurred on Saturday at around 11:10 at the T-junction of Dunes Mall and C14 main road. It is reported that the motorcycle rider was travelling from Dune 7 towards town when he collided with a Range Rover registration driven by the 20-year-old Sabrina Selina Hawes who was turning into the access road of the Dunes Mall parking area.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the pizza delivery man sustained serious injuries and was transported to Windhoek from Welwitchia Private Hospital for further medical treatment while the driver of the Range Rover did not sustain any injuries.

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