Newborn baby and mother die in accident outside Okahandja

27 Jul 2014 12:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 JUL (NAMPA) - A one-week-old baby girl and her mother died on Saturday after the Volkswagen Jetta they were travelling in collided head-on with a BMW between Okahandja and Karibib.
“The horrific collision occurred approximately 36 kilometres outside Okahandja on the Okahandja-Karibib road,” the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Saturday.
The baby has been identified as Hope Naris, and her mother as the 30-year-old Maria Naris.
The driver of the Jetta, Mario Shimbu, 40, also died as a result of the severe impact of the accident, bringing the total number of fatalities to three.
They had been towing a VW Kombi.
Mbeha said their next of kin have been informed.
The black BMW with Walvis Bay registration had been driving from the direction of Karibib, while the Jetta was coming from the opposite direction.
The accident occurred on Saturday morning at around 00h20.
Mbeha said the other six people travelling in both vehicles sustained serious to slight injuries, and were rushed to the Okahandja State Hospital.
In an unrelated incident, a 24-year-old man allegedly hanged himself inside his shack at Otjivohijona village near Ovitoto in the Omatako Constituency on Friday afternoon.
According to the Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, the deceased has been identified as Matheus Karukoro.
His next of kin have been informed.
“Karukoro did not leave behind a suicide note and no foul play is suspected so far,” Mbeha noted.
The police opened an inquest into the matter at the Okahandja Police Station, and police investigations in both matters continue.