Minor killed in collision in Otjomuise

06 Jan 2014 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JAN (NAMPA) - A three-year-old boy was killed in a head-on collision after a Toyota taxi and an Isuzu pick-up collided at an intersection in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area on Sunday night.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Sam Nujoma Drive and Otjomuise Road after one of the vehicles failed to stop and give the other vehicle the right of way.
The minor, who is suspected to have been seated on his mother's lap, was thrown out of the car and he died on the spot.
The driver of the pick-up was the only occupant in his vehicle, while the taxi had four occupants including the driver.
According to Superintendent Gerhard Kakonda of the City Police, both drivers claimed that they had the right of way to proceed at the intersection.
“We suspect that speeding and failure to use seatbelts might have played a role in the incident. The child could have survived,” he said while speaking to Nampa on Monday.
Both drivers sustained minor injuries, while the other two passengers in the taxi sustained serious injuries.
Chief Abraham Kanime of the City Police on Monday raised concern about speeding by some motorists, as well as their attitudes on the road, describing them as “ignorant”.
“Most drivers fail to see the importance of wearing a seatbelt and only wear one when they see the police or a traffic officer,” he said in an interview with this news agency.