Khorixas deputy mayor in car accident, passenger dies

29 May 2013 11:00
OUTJO, 29 MAY (NAMPA) ? A woman died on Wednesday when a vehicle that she was travelling in rolled and burst into flames after hitting a kudu, just outside Outjo in the Kunene Region.
The car, a government Toyota Hilux, was being driven by Khorixas deputy mayor Andreas Chokes !Aebeb, 56. The accident happened just 15 kilometres outside Outjo, on the road to Khorixas.
The deputy mayor sustained a deep cut wound on the head and he was also complaining of severe back pains. He was rushed to the Outjo State Hospital for medical attention and was said to be in a critical condition.
The female passenger, identified as Regina Awises, age unknown, was trapped in the car and she burnt beyond recognition
Her next-of-kin have been informed.
Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigation Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa at the accident scene on Wednesday that the deputy mayor is also employed as a driver in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry at Khorixas.
!Aebeb was apparently on his way from Khorixas to Otjiwarongo, where he was expected to drop the government vehicle for routine servicing at a local garage.
?The accident happened shortly after 07h00 on Wednesday. At about 15 kilometres towards Outjo from Khorixas, !Aebeb bumped a male kudu and the vehicle left the road. It (the vehicle) rolled several times and later caught fire,? Khairabeb said.
The kudu died on impact, and it could be seen lying on the road.
Meanwhile, Khairabeb warned all motorists to be cautious when driving during this drought season, because domestic and wild animals are grazing along public roads.