Speeding driver kills police officer at Ongwediva roadblock

16 Jun 2017 15:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 16 JUN (NAMPA) – A police officer died after she was run over by a Toyota pick-up driven by an unlicensed 22-year-old man who was allegedly intoxicated at Ongwediva Thursday night.
The 41-year-old Sergeant Aina Magano Ileka was on duty at the Oshiko roadblock when she was run over.
Chief Inspector Hamukoshi Kamati of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region told Nampa on Friday the accident occurred at around 19h30.
He said the man did not have a licence and was driving the pick-up without consent from the owner.
“The vehicle belongs to his aunt who lives at Afoti village in the Omusati Region, and he took it without her consent,” Kamati said.
The police tried to apprehend the driver at the ‘Old Ongwediva’, some two kilometres from the roadblock but he sped off.
He was driving at a high speed when he ran Ileka over.
The vehicle came to a standstill after crashing into a tree.
Kamati said the driver escaped without injuries and fled the scene before police officials arrested him later, some distance away from the scene.
He could not release the identity of the driver as he will only appear in the magistrate’s court at Oshakati on Monday.
A docket with case number CR76/06/2017 has been opened at the Ongwediva Police Station.
The driver will face several charges, including culpable homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s licence and failing to assist an injured person.
Other charges include driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent and failing to stop at the roadblock.
He also damaged another vehicle that had stopped at the roadblock.
Another police officer, Albertina Uugwanga, died in 2011 after being run over at the same roadblock by a taxi driver.