Three road crash victims identified

04 Aug 2015 17:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 04 AUG (NAMPA) – Two children and an adult male, among six people who died in a car accident between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo on Sunday evening, have been identified.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday that the three deceased persons were positively identified by their relatives on Tuesday morning.
They are four-year-old David Ekandjo Asino and one-year-old Selma Ndinelao Asino, as well as a 50-year-old Joseph Markus Quarum.
The accident occurred about 33 kilometres north of Okahandja.
Mbeha said it is suspected that an Isuzu sports utility vehicle (SUV) that was coming from the direction of Okahandja had overtaken another vehicle on a blind spot. It then hit a Ford Ranger pick-up that was coming from the side of Otjiwarongo, head-on.
Another pick-up vehicle driving from Okahandja then bumped into the wrecked Ford Ranger, and due to the heavy impact, the Ford Ranger burst into flames.
Quarum, who was travelling alone in the Ford Ranger, burned beyond recognition. The two minor children, who were travelling in the Isuzu SUV, also died instantly.
Three other deceased persons are yet to be identified.
Mbeha said 10 other people who were travelling in the unidentified pick-up and SUV sustained serious injuries and were first taken to the Okahandja State Hospital. Nine of them were later transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the capital.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Okahandja Police Station, she said.
Police investigations continue.