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The Kimberley police are investigating a culpable homicide case after an unknown man was run over by a truck on the N8 road near the Kimberley Airport.

A pedestrian was killed about 7km outside Kimberley. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE KIMBERLEY police are investigating a culpable homicide case after an unknown man was run over by a truck on the N8 road near the Kimberley Airport on Thursday.

Traffic on the N8, from Kimberley towards Bloemfontein, was disrupted and backed up following the incident.

Police officers on the scene later opened one lane to traffic as the badly mangled body of the deceased lay covered in the road while emergency workers waited for forensic pathology workers to arrive.

According to one of the drivers of the truck, the deceased “walked in front of the truck”.

“We were driving to Kimberley to deliver goods from Bloemfontein. We saw a bakkie parked next to the road from afar. The bakkie was not moving and was just standing next to the road. As we were approaching the bakkie and were about to drive past it, a person just walked in front of the truck,” said the driver.

“It appears that this man was standing at the front of the bakkie and we were unable to see him from afar. We only saw the bakkie, but not who was standing in front of the bakkie. The owner of the bakkie was also shocked and said that he saw the man when he was walking in the veld.

“The owner of the bakkie was seated inside his bakkie and said he saw the man standing a few metres from the bakkie. He said he thought the deceased might have planned to commit suicide as he stood and just stared at the truck as it was approaching.

“We tried to swerve away from the man and the goods inside the trailers even fell over. However, it was too late. This is so sad,” the driver said with a sigh.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Sergio Kock said the police were investigating a culpable homicide case.

“The deceased, who died on the scene, is male and has dreadlocks and is light in complexion. He was dressed in a grey jacket, grey jeans and Adidas sandals. The age of the deceased is yet to be determined. Anyone with information regarding the deceased or the incident can contact Detective Warrant Officer Thapelo Segoje on 082 302 0409. The investigation continues,” said Kock.

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