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Heroes’ Day weekend ends with high road death toll

Heroes’ Day weekend ends with high road death toll

Niël Terblanché

THE death toll of the Heroes’ Day long weekend came to at least 17 while many more people were injured as a result of various tragic motor vehicle accidents on Namibian roads.
An unlicensed driver was arrested and charged with culpable homicide after an eight month old baby and his mother died after being struck by the vehicle he was driving.
According to the crime bulletin issued by the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division the woman identified as Namukwata Therisia Mulyeni was crossing the road on foot at the Kambumbu Village near Kahenge in the Kavango West Region with her baby strapped to her back when she was bumped by the unlicensed driver.

The woman passed away on the scene of the accident. But her son identified as Gotfried Hamunyera Matyayi succumbed to injuries a few hours later
The incident happened Thursday evening at around 20:10.
Several other pedestrians were killed or injured after being struck by vehicles on Namibia’s roads over the past long weekend.
On Friday 20:50 at Ondiika, along B1 Road between Omuthiya Town and Okapuku village in the Oshikoto Region the driver of an Isuzu pickup bumped a pedestrian, who was walking along the road.
According to the crime bulletin the driver was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road when the he struck the pedestrian.
The victim sustained serious injuries and he was rushed to Omuthiya State Hospital while the suspect was taken into custody on charges of reckless and negligent driving.
The police at Ongwediva have requested the public to assist them identifying a young woman who died as result of being struck by a vehicle on the main road between Ondangwa and Ongwediva on Saturday evening.
According to the incident report the deceased person was walking alongside the road while being accompanied by an unidentified man. It is alleged that the man pushed the woman into the road and into the way of oncoming traffic and causing her death.
It is further alleged that the unidentified man ran away and the police requested the public who might be missing a loved one to come forward and to identify the victim.
According to the crime bulletin the incident occurred at about 20:00 on Saturday evening.
Tragedy struck at a house north of Oshivelo on Sunday after the three-year-old Joevi Nambahu was run over by his father.
According to the crime bulletin the child died on the way to the Oshivelo Clinic after he somehow ended up under the wheels of a trailer behind a vehicle his father was moving at the house.
The toddler was pronounced dead on arrival at the Oshivelo Clinic.
In another incident a nine-year-old boy was seriously injured after he too was struck by a car along the road between Outapi and Ruacana on Sunday.
According to the incident report the boy was allegedly walking in the middle of main road near the Ouwananghala Village when the accident happened.
The victim sustained injuries to his face and head and was also reportedly bleeding from his mouth when he was rushed to the nearest hospital.
The deaths of four pedestrians added to the high number of people that died as a result of motor vehicle accidents over the weekend.
Besides the two Grade 7 learners of the Windhoek Gymnasium who passed away on the scene of a bus accident between Mariental and Kalkrand on Sunday, 11 other people lost their lives during accidents reported to the Namibian Police over the weekend.
The Heroes’ Day long weekend started off with two fatalities reported after a red Vqolkswagen Golf with five occupants left the road and overturned about four kilometres outside Otavi on the way to Tsumeb on Thursday afternoon.
The 43-year-old Selma Hanamus and her 18-year-old daughter Immany Hanamus died on the scene of the accident while three other people were transported to Tsumeb for medical care after they sustained less serious injuries.
About two hours later two more women identified as Hulda Booys and Tanja Josob succumbed to injuries on the scene where a Volkswagen minibus left the road and overturned about seven kilometres north of Otjiwarongo.
The driver of the kombi lost control over the minibus while overtaking another before it overturned next to the road.
Five people sustained various degrees of injuries while the driver escaped the accident unhurt.
Two more people, the 25-year-old Brandon Wayland and Yolandy Fredericks aged 27 died on the road between Bethanie and Goageb on Thursday evening when the Ford Bantam bakkie they were travelling in left the road an overturned.
According to the incident report the accident occurred about 20 kilometres from Bethanie at around 19:00.
The five other occupants of the bakkie were taken to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
The 45-year-old Celeste Abrahams died on the scene of an accident that occurred roughly 120 kilometres from Keetmanshoop on the way to Grunau.
According to the incident report the driver of the vehicle lost control over the vehicle and it overturned. The driver of the vehicle along with three other occupants sustained various degrees of injuries.
In another incident near Eenhana at the Eenyika Village in the Ohangwena Region the driver of a white Toyota Corolla crashed into a three next to the road after he lost control over the vehicle.
One of his passengers died on the spot while the rest of occupants and the driver sustained injuries
The deceased person was identified as the 24-year-old Paulus Ndemwoongela Nghifinwa.
The driver of the Nissan NP300 double cab bakkie, the 57-year-old Fritz Ambrosius Gaeseb, succumbed to injuries in a Windhoek hospital after he was transported from Swakopmund with another victim, a 41-year-old man, who was also in a critical condition.”
According to the incident report the accident occurred on the road to the Langer Heinrich Mine at around 22:10 about ten kilometres from the C44 road behind the dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The 26-year-old Certa Erika Naweses and the 37-year-old Kensley Ganaseb, died on the scene of the accident while two more injured people are admitted to hospital.
Four tourists from Europe, who wre travelling in a taxi were injured along with the driver of a light utility vehicle when both vehicles in were involved in a collision.
According to the incident report the driver of the bakkie drove into the back of the passenger vehicle in which the tourists were travelling between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund on Saturday evening near the Long Beach residential area.
The tourists sustained various degrees of injuries while the driver of the bakkie was admitted to the Walvis Bay hospital with head wounds. The driver of the passenger vehicle did not sustain serious injuries.
One person was seriously injured in Aranos when the driver of a Toyota bakkie lost control over his vehicle when he hit a speed bump in town. The car overturned and one of his passengers was taken to the Mariental State Hospital with serious injuries. The other passenger and the driver were not seriously injured.
Five people were injured on Saturday during an accident on the gravel road between Oshikuku and Odimbwa at the Etayi Village when a Toyota bakkie collided with another bakkie of the same make and overturned.
The driver and four of his passengers sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident and were transported to hospital for treatment.
According to the crime bulletin neither of the drivers involved in the collision had valid driver’s licenses.
Two cases of driving under the influence of alcohol was also reported to the Namibian Police after the drivers were involved in motor vehicle accidents
The first incident occurred in the Block B neighbourhood of Rehoboth when the driver of a Ford bakkie collided with a Toyota bakkie in same road as the cemetery.
The driver sustained head injuries and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance and reckless and negligent driving.
The second drunken driving case was registered in Tsumeb after a collision between two vehicles at the intersection of President Avenue and Dr Hage Geingob Drive.
Bothe drivers and their passengers sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital in Tsumeb for treatment.
One of the drivers was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance and reckless and negligent driving shortly afterwards.

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