Names of deceased in accident outside Otjiwarongo released
24 Dec 2018 11:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 24 DEC (NAMPA) The names of the three people who died in the early hours of Sunday morning in a road accident outside Otjiwarongo have been released by the police.
Commander of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze on Monday told Nampa the deceased have been identified as Ndeshihafela Ruben, 23, her eight-month-old baby, Panduleni Walter and the 20-year-old Mutumbulwa Hangula.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that an Iveco minibus and a small Opel Corsa pick-up were following each other from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Otavi.
At about 22 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo, the minibus allegedly hit the Opel Corsa from behind and forced it off the road.
Acting Otjozondjupa Crime Investigations Coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Hendrik Kharuchab in an interview with Nampa on Sunday said the Iveco minibus had 22 occupants. Nine people travelled in the pick-up.
A baby, its mother and a man from the small pick-up were thrown out of the vehicle and died on the spot, said Kharuchab.
Six others who were also travelling in the pick-up aged 10, 16, 20, 24, 25 and 54 years sustained slight to serious injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for medical attention. The 20-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in critical condition.
All 22 occupants in the minibus survived the incident unharmed.
A culpable homicide docket has been opened at the Otjiwarongo Police Station against the 39-year-old minibus driver.
Police investigations into the matter continue.