Three matrics were killed in a horrific accident when their vehicle veered off the N2 between Glentana and George at the weekend.
According to police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie, the accident happened in the early hours of Saturday, 4 December 2021, between 01:00 and 02:00, near the Maalgate Bridge.
“Preliminary investigations suggest that the four friends aged 18-years-old were en-route to George, travelling in a Toyota Lexus when the driver lost control over the vehicle. The vehicle veered off the road and came to a halt in the field adjacent to the main road,” Pojie said.
According to reports, the group of matrics was on their way to the matric holiday in Hartenbos when the accident happened.
He said all the occupants were swung out of the vehicle during impact.
“Three of the boys succumbed to the injuries sustained during the incident while the fourth occupant survived and had to walk a substantial distance to seek help from police,” Pojie said.
He said the fourth person who survived received medical treatment at a local hospital and was discharged after that.
“Grootbrak SAPS has opened a Culpable Homicide docket for further investigation.
“The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. Autopsies will be performed on the bodies of the deceased to determine the possible cause of death.
“We appeal to anyone with information regarding the incident to please contact the Grootbrak Police at 044 620 8300/4/5 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111,” Pojie said.
The Hoërskool Ben Viljoen, where the boys matriculated, said a wreath-laying ceremony would take place on Tuesday, 7 December.
“A silence descended on Hoërskool Ben Viljoen and the community. With great sadness, we learned of the passings of JG Greyling, Stiaan Grobler, and Conrad Meiring in a car accident on 3 December.
“It’s a sad day with the loss of these young men. Learners for whom adventure was part of their way of life. With a smile, they tackled life.
“Each with its own future dreams and ideals. Always well mannered and respectful, stalwarts on various terrains.
“Our hearts go out to their families. Words fall short, but these learners will live on in all of our hearts,” the school said.