Mother and son who died in Otjiwarongo accident identified

11 May 2017 08:00am
OTJIWARONGO, 11 MAY (NAMPA) – The 37-year-old woman and her 14-month-old baby boy who died in an accident on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi road Tuesday, have been identified.
They died when they pick-up they were travelling in, crashed into a stationary truck en route to Otavi.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview Thursday the deceased have been identified as Sofia Ndinehafo Ndeapo Iihuhwa and Atuhe Iihuhwa.
“They were identified by the husband of the deceased woman,” Mbeha said.
Iihuhwa was a teacher at Oshigambo Senior Secondary School in the Oshikoto Region.
The accident occurred at around 16h40, approximately 35 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo.
The police officer said the accident occurred just an hour after the 26-year-old driver of the pick-up got a traffic fine of N.dollars 1 500 for failing to stop at a four-way stop in Dr Hage Geingob Avenue in Otjiwarongo.
The accident occurred on a section of the B1 tarred road which is being resealed.
“We suspect speeding,” Mbeh said.
The driver of the pick-up attempted to brake as evidenced by marks on the road, but failed to control the vehicle and drove into the back of the Scania truck.
He sustained slight injuries and was discharged on Wednesday from the Otjiwarongo State Hospital where he was taken shortly after the accident.
The 42-year-old truck driver escaped unhurt.
A case of culpable homicide has been opened against the driver of the pick-up.