NEW and definitive information has now emerged about dramatic motor vehicle accidents at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region, which left two people dead, five injured and four vehicles damaged about a week ago.
The woman who is suspected of having caused the accidents and who together with her passenger was also seriously injured during the string of crashes, has now spoken to the police denying widespread reports that the accident happened while she was chasing robbers who allegedly snatched her handbag before fleeing the scene in a Volkswagen Golf, one of the vehicles damaged during the rampage.
“There was no robbery. She did not withdraw any money that day. And she did not know the victims of the fatal accident. It was just an accident,” said police spokesperson Frieda Shikole.
The initial police report said that the accident happened during the morning hours of the 7th of May when a 55-year-old female who was driving a Toyota double cab bakkie down the Mandume Ndemufayo Street bumped a Toyota Corolla but did not stop, and while speeding away she bumped a Volkswagen Golf with four occupants. A stationary Amarok was also damaged in the accident.
Two passengers of the VV Golf, the 45-year-old Shonena Likius and the 37-year-old Jason Absalom, were seriously injured and died on arrival at the hospital.
The driver Ndashaala Onesmus (37) and another passenger Hamupolo Mangululenge (37) were seriously injured.
The police immediately opened cases of defeating the course of justice, reckless and negligent driving and of failing to stop at the scene of an accident to ascertain injuries and damage.
But a day after the string of crashes, reports emerged suggesting that the 55-year-old female who is suspected of having caused the chaos was actually robbed by criminals and that she decided to chase them, bumping them in the process.
This version was earlier on dismissed by Ndapandula Ndashaala, a sister of one of those who were injured in the accident.
“I am the sister of Onesmus Ndashaala who was driving the VV Golf and who was seriously injured. I visited him in hospital and he denies that there was any robbery. They were simply driving from Oshakati when their car was suddenly hit by an oncoming vehicle,” she said.