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Long Beach hit and run driver free on bail

Long Beach hit and run driver free on bail

Niël Terblanché

THE 36-year-old Wilhelm Laubscher, who was arrested on Monday after he hit a 15-year-old girl walking on the access road to the Long Beach residential area with his car on Sunday evening, made his first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court and was freed on bail of N$5 000.

Pictured: Wilhelm Laubscher, the driver accused of hitting a 15-year-old girl with his bakkie on the access road to Long Beach on Sunday and his damaged vehicle. Photo: Contributed

He stands accused of hitting the teenage girl with his bakkie and then attempting to flee from the scene of the accident that shocked the resident of the quiet community.

At the time of the accident, the teenager, her younger sister and their lthree-year-old brother, along with another girl, were all walking next to the road when they saw the out of control bakkie drive straight at them at high speed.

The three girls ran across the road to flee from the speeding vehicle, but the victim turned around to save the life of her little brother who was still in danger. She flung him to the side of the road the moment the bakkie hit her and flung her at least nine metres through the air.

Manuel Diaz, who lives a few houses away from where the accident occurred, said he heard the girls screaming moments before he heard the dull noise of a person being hit by a car.

Diaz said he ran out of the house only to see the driver of the bakkie drive away.

“My friend and neighbour decided to chase the fleeing driver in his own vehicle and only caught up with him in Extension 2 of Long Beach. My neighbour forced the man who fled the scene after hitting the young girl to return to the scene of the accident,” he said.

Diaz said while the wild chase through the normally quiet neighbourhood ensued, he attended to the injured children until their parents took them to the hospital in Swakopmund.

The driver was detained by bystanders until the police arrived about two hours later.

Laubscher was arrested on Monday and charged with reckless driving, failing to stop at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in which he was involved and failing to ascertain the injuries of other parties involved in a motor vehicle accident.

He made his first appearance before Magistrate John Sindano on Tuesday morning.

State Prosecutor, Teuihaleni Hilikuete, confirmed the charges against Laubscher but did not oppose bail of N$5 000 being granted.

No conditions were attached to the granting of bail.

Magistrate Sindano postponed the matter to 13 June 2019 to allow the police time to investigate the matter further.

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