SA triathlete Andre Piehl sustained severe deformity after being dragged about 400 metres under the car. The driver was allegedly drunk.
This is just shocking! The alleged drunk driver who killed SA triathlete Andre Piehl in an accident on the R512 has been released despite being arrested at the scene of the accident.
This comes after the Porsche SUV driver hit two cyclists, Andre Piehl and Je’an Francois Du Preez, who was riding in the emergency lane along the R512 on Saturday.
The accident was so horrific paramedics said Piehl sustained severe deformity after being dragged about 400 metres under the car.
According to the law firm, HJW attorneys, several eyewitness reports also suggested that the driver was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The law firm said they had been placed on a brief to assist the families of Piehl and Du Preez following the fatal cycling accident.
Andre was tragically killed on the scene and Je’an is in critical condition after being airlifted to hospital.
“We are absolutely devastated to report that the suspect was released from detention this morning. Despite being arrested at the scene of the accident, and several eyewitness reports suggesting that the suspect was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, we understand that the prosecutors at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court declined to place the matter on the roll due to insufficient evidence in the police docket.
“We are at a loss in understanding this apparent lack of evidence and would like to take the opportunity to assure the cycling community, as well as the wider public, that we are exercising all of our resources to ensure that justice is obtained for both Andre and Je’an. To this end, we are directly engaging senior prosecution officials and compiling all of the evidence necessary for them to proceed with this matter,” the law firm said.
This comes after Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse reportedly said:
“Based on preliminary information from the scene, it would appear that the driver of the white Porsche SUV may have been under the influence of alcohol. Further information indicates that the alleged driver may have also tried to flee from the scene of the deadly crash but could not do so because his vehicle was too damaged.”
Netcare 911 said paramedics responded at 6.36 am on Saturday to a collision on the R512.
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“When medics arrived on the scene, they found that one of the cyclists, an adult male, had sustained severe deformity after being dragged about 400 metres under the car. The man sadly showed no signs of life and was declared deceased on the scene.
Netcare 911 said the second cyclist was found to have sustained critical injuries and required advanced life support intervention to stabilise him.
Once treated, the man was flown by Netcare 911 helicopter to a specialist hospital for the continuation of care.
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