Six deaths in accidents over long weekend

03 May 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – Six people died in accidents over the long weekend, with three of the accidents taking place on Saturday.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Slogan Matheus said at the weekly crime briefing in the capital on Monday two people died when the driver of their white Hyundai sedan lost control over the vehicle on the Klein-Aub gravel road about eight kilometres from Rehoboth.
The accident occurred at around 17h35 on Saturday when the driver tried to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle that had moved into his lane.
There were six occupants in the vehicle, including the driver.
The 38-year-old Lydia Rooinasie and Ismael Araeb, 38, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Another two passengers – a man and 11-year-old girl - sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the St Mary’s Hospital in Rehoboth. The driver and a male passenger escaped the accident without any injuries.
Meanwhile, the 51-year-old Mike Kahikopo died after he lost control over his GWM Double Cab and it overturned on the Oshivelo/Tsumeb main road on Saturday at about 21h00.
His passenger, a 36-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the Tsumeb State Hospital.
Kahikopo’s next of kin have been informed.
Also on Saturday, on the B1 road near the Windhoek/Okahandja weighbridge, a 57-year-old man died after his Fiat sedan left the road and overturned.
Matheus said circumstantial evidence suggests that the driver identified as Dirk Jacobus Coetzee may have suffered a heart attack while driving.
On the C-14 road, almost 125 kilometres from Walvis Bay, a 41-year-old man died when the vehicle overturned on Sunday at around 17h00.
The deceased, identified as Derick Rodrick Listing, is thought to have lost control over the double cab pick-up he was driving.
His 37-year-old passenger, a man, was rushed to the Walvis Bay State Hospital with injuries.
On Sunday at around 20h00, a pick-up collided with a sedan travelling in the same direction on the main road between Omuthiya and Oshivelo.
The pick-up had three occupants, including the driver who escaped without any injuries.
The two male passengers - aged 34 and 37 - sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Omuthiya State Hospital.
Matheus said the sedan was being driven by a woman who does not possess a licence.
One passenger died on the spot, while the driver, along with three of her passengers, sustained serious injuries. They were admitted to the Omuthiya State Hospital.
The deceased is a 26-year-old Namibian man whose name has not yet been released as his next of kin were yet to be informed.