Kim McCusker

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Kim McCusker: Woman dragged under taxi for 700m in 2011 dies aged 36

Kim McCusker’s family announced her death on Saturday, 24 April. In 2011, she was involved in a horrific accident involving a taxi.

Kim McCusker

Photo via: Facebook

Kim McCusker, the woman involved in a tragic accident in Lonehill, Johannesburg, a decade ago, has died at the age of 36. McCusker’s sister made the announcement via a Facebook post on Saturday, April 24. The nature of her death was not disclosed.

On the fateful day of 13 September 2011, McKusker was knocked over by a taxi and dragged more than 700 metres before the vehicle came to a halt.


McCusker died on Thursday, 22 April, according to her sister Julia Frantzeskou. She said the heartbroken family were in disbelief following her passing and that is “hard to imagine a world without [their] precious Kimmy.

“I know that she touched so many hearts and that the significance of this loss will be felt by all, including her family, friends, staff members and clients,” said Frantzeskou.

The family requested space to grieve during this difficult time and said the details of McCusker’s funeral would be shared at a later date.

The family did not disclose the cause of her death.


According to reports from 2011, McCusker was knocked over and dragged for more than 700 metres following an altercation with a taxi driver named Matome Themange, who claimed he did not know she was trapped beneath the vehicle when he was eventually forced to stop by other motorists.

McCusker was severely injured in the incident and lost 58% of her skin. Her bones, ligaments and muscle were exposed and she suffered fractures in her spinal vertebrae and legs. Fortunately, she survived but her life would be changed forever.

In an interview with You Magazine, she said if she were not in the accident, she would have been an advocate, as she was qualified as one at the time.

“I’d have children by now. I wouldn’t be scarred,” she also said.

Themange, the taxi driver, faced charges of attempted murder and reckless and negligent driving for the accident but justice was never served because he absconded from trial and has been on the run since Decemner 2015.

McCusker reportedly forgave Themange while she was in the hospital, as it would have “damaged [her] to hold onto anger”, according to TimesLive.

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