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Man arrested after teen killed, 14 people injured in crash

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A 39-year-old man faces multiple charges after allegedly killing a 16-year-old boy and injuring 14 other people in a dramatic incident in Kimberley.

Fourteen members of the Patriotic Alliance (PA) were injured during the incident: Picture: Supplied

A 39-YEAR-old man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly struck and killed a 16-year-old boy at the Seleke and Barkly West intersection and subsequently injured 14 members of the Patriotic Alliance (PA) in a taxi stopped at a red light in Homestead, Kimberley, on Sunday.

The charges against the man include culpable homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless and negligent driving, and failing to stop at the accident scene. Witnesses reported that the taxi was flung into the air and spun before landing on its side after being hit by a bakkie.

All occupants of the taxi were rushed to hospital for medical attention.

Sharifa Ferris, the PA leader in the provincial legislature, revealed on Monday that two party members are currently in the intensive care unit (ICU) following the devastating incident.

The PA members, mostly young people, had attended a youth event in Kathu and were on their way home when tragedy struck.

“They were standing at the red robot when they were hit from behind by the bakkie. According to information from law enforcement agents, the driver of the bakkie was allegedly driving at an excessive speed. He was also allegedly under the influence of alcohol. He is apparently a foreign national. We are not certain at this stage whether he is an illegal foreign national or not,” said Ferris.

“Everyone inside the taxi was injured. Three of the occupants of the taxi were minors. We have two members who are in the intensive care unit – one at Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital and another one at Lenmed Royal Hospital and Heart Centre in Kimberley. Those two members were badly injured. One member suffered bleeding on the brain and is on a ventilator in the ICU at Lenmed. The other member also suffered a fractured skull, but luckily no bleeding, and is in the ICU at RMSH. Five of our members are still hospitalised. One of the hospitalised members is a pregnant lady who injured her hip. She is being monitored by doctors.”

Ferris added that most of the PA members involved in the accident were discharged from hospital during the early hours of Monday morning.

“The injured members were rushed for medical treatment to different hospitals in Kimberley. Some were discharged at around 2am on July 1, 2024,” she said

Ferris said she hoped that the driver responsible for the accident would be prosecuted.

“The members who were injured were youths under the age of 30. We are deeply saddened that this happened to members who were very hard-working and dedicated to the party. We hope that justice will be served on the person responsible. We also extend our condolences to the family of the person who died during this incident.”

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said the driver of the bakkie was arrested and investigations are continuing.

“A 16-year-old boy was fatally struck, allegedly by a Nissan Navara bakkie, during an incident that occurred on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at approximately 2.30pm. The bakkie allegedly crashed into the teenager at the Seleke and Barkly West four-way stop in Homelite and drove off without stopping,” said Kock.

“The same bakkie later allegedly crashed into the back of a taxi that was standing at a red robot in Homestead. All 14 occupants of the taxi were transported to hospital for medical treatment.”

Kock said that anyone with information regarding the incidents can contact the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Philadelphia Snyders, on 082 495 4625.

A 16-year-old boy was killed and 14 other people were injured during Sunday’s dramatic incident in Kimberley. Pictures: Supplied

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