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Hit-and-run suspect to appear in court on Thursday

Hit-and-run suspect to appear in court on Thursday

Placido Hilukilwa

THE 31-year-old suspect who was arrested by the Namibian police at Oshakati Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly fled from a scene of a fatal hit-and-run incident in which a child was killed, will appear in the town’s magistrate’s court on Thursday.

He faces at least six criminal charges, namely culpable homicide; driving while under the influence of alcohol; reckless and negligent driving; driving without a license; fleeing from the scene of an accident and failure to ascertain the nature of injury and render necessary assistance, and defeating the course of justice.

The accident occurred in the Omahenene location of Oshakati at around 13:00 Tuesday.

According to the police, the driver of a write Toyota Landcruiser (N643SH) lost control of the vehicle on a curve and hit a six-year-old boy who was returning from the kindergarten.

The vehicle then crashed through corrugated iron sheets used to fence off a nearby yard, and bumped and injured two other children – ages three and four – who were playing inside the yard.

All three victims were initially transported to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, where the six-year-old was declared dead on arrival.

The suspect drove away from the scene of the accident but was arrested moments later.

The police have, in the meantime, discovered that the suspect was driving the vehicle without its owner’s permission.

“He stole the vehicle key from where it was kept at home and drove away without the owner’s consent,” said Inspector Thomas Aiyambo, who identified the suspect as a resident of the Uupindi location.

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