Hit and run

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Hit and run: Taxi driver arrested for teenager’s road accident death

A Gqeberha taxi driver’s hit and run attempt has flopped. The suspect was arrested thanks to a quick-thinker who took his registration number.

Hit and run

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Police in Gqeberha have opened a culpable homicide case against a taxi driver who allegedly killed a teenager with his vehicle in a hit and run attempt on Monday 1 November.


According to the Eastern Cape South African Police Service (SAPS) report, the driver fatally hit the victim, Luke Mathew Prinsloo, and did not bother to stop.

“A 30-year-old taxi driver was arrested last night and detained on a charge of culpable homicide after allegedly fatally hitting a 14-year-old teenager and failed to stop at the accident yesterday afternoon, 01 November 2021,” SAPS Colonel Priscilla Naidu said.

A witness that was not to allow the suspect to get away with the alleged murder, acted fast to help police make the arrest.

“It is alleged that at about 17:15, Luke Mathew Prinsloo was riding his bicycle on the Van Den Kemp Kloof Bridge in Stanford Road when he was hit by the taxi driver,” the Naidu added.

“The taxi driver failed to stop and the registration number of the vehicle was taken down and handed to police. Details of the accident are still sketchy and is under investigation.”


Meanwhile, in Pretoria, at least four people have been killed and more than 11 others injured in a horror crash on the N1 North in East Lynne. Five children were among those seriously injured in the accident and one of them had to be airlifted to hospital.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said that the driver of an SUV had lost control of his vehicle, which then rolled down an embankment, ejecting 15 occupants before it came to a standstill on a property near the freeway on Sunday morning.

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