A 66-year-old motorist is expected to appear before the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 19 December 2022, for culpable homicide and driving under the influence following his arrest by members of Potchefstroom Flying Squad on Wednesday evening, 14 December 2022.
According to information, the police were informed about a white bakkie that collided with two cyclists in Forsman Street, Potchefstroom, but failed to stop.
The police successfully traced the vehicle shortly after receiving the report, just as it was about to enter the suspect’s place. Upon inspection of the vehicle, it was found that it was damaged and had blood stains.
At the accident scene in Forsman Street, two victims were allegedly found of which one was certified dead by the Emergency and Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) paramedics. The second victim was taken to a local hospital where he is still admitted in a stable condition.
The suspect was immediately arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug with a narcotic effect, culpable homicide and failing to stop after an accident.
The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lt Gen Sello Kwena warned motorists to refrain from drinking and driving as the police and other law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to enforce the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996) to ensure that those who transgress the law are dealt with accordingly as part of road safety management.
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