08 Dec 2018 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 08 DEC (NAMPA) Three people have died in two accidents in the Otjozondjupa Region since Thursday.
A 47-year-old police officer from Otjiwarongo, Onesmus Tjazirapi Kuhunda, succumbed to his injuries at the Okakarara State Hospital on Friday.
He was taken to the hospital shortly after the vehicle he was travelling in rolled several times west of Okakarara.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Friday the Volkswagen Golf had four occupants and was heading towards Okakarara from Otjiwarongo.
Approximately six kilometres outside Okakarara the driver lost control over the vehicle, causing it to roll several times.
The occupants aged 47, 36, 27 and 47 all sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Okakarara State Hospital.
Cases of culpable homicide and drunk driving have been opened against the 36-year-old driver of the vehicle.
In a separate incident, a man and woman died instantly some 40 kilometres north of Okahandja around 19h45 on Thursday after their sedan overturned.
The two deceased have been identified as the driver of the vehicle, the 29-year-old Simon Uupindi, and 33-year-old Evaliisa Mweneni Pokolo.
It is alleged that their left rear tyre had a puncture which led to the driver losing control over the vehicle and it overturned, said Mbeha.
Four other occupants aged six, eight, 14 and 32 sustained injuries.
The six-year-old boy and 32-year-old woman were transported to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in critical condition, while the eight-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy were taken to the Okahandja State Hospital.
The next of kin of the three deceased have been informed.
Mbeha called on drivers to exercise patience and to be cautious on the roads.
Police investigations in both matters continue.