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NC man killed in N12 collision

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A case of culpable homicide is being investigated

CRUMPLED WRECK: Marius Burger, 35, (inset) was killed on Saturday evening at around 6pm as he was travelling from Jacobsdal towards his home in Ritchie. Picture: Soraya Crowie

A RITCHIE man was killed near his home when a truck slammed into the vehicle he was travelling in on the N12 on the weekend.

Marius Burger, 35, was killed on Saturday evening, at around 6pm, as he was travelling from Jacobsdal towards his home in Ritchie.

A truck travelling towards Kimberley on the N12 crashed into the left-hand side of the vehicle Burger was driving, as he crossed the N12 at the Ritchie/Jacobsdal crossing.

The crash caused Burger’s vehicle, a silver Kia, to veer into the veld, where he died on the scene while still trapped inside the vehicle.

Close to the wreck, a large information board lay flattened, apparently after being hit by the Kia.

Burger was travelling alone at the time of the incident.

The driver of the truck sustained no injuries.

Burger, a former pupil of Technical High School, was a long-term employee of Kim Fire Quip in Kimberley. He had lived in Ritchie with his fiancée, Marlene van Niekerk, since the beginning of the year. He had no children.

Shortly after the incident, Van Niekerk made the following post on her Facebook page, together with a photo of Burger” “(Ek) gaan nie sonder jou kan aangaan nie. Lief jou vreeslik baie RIP, my alles” (I won’t be able to go on without you. I love you tremendously. RIP, my everything).

Her post was met with an outpouring of condolence messages.

At Burger’s house in Ritchie, close to the accident scene, family members gathered yesterday to support Van Niekerk, who was still too traumatised by the death of her fiancé to speak to the media.

Burger’s sister, Rene Scheepers, described her brother as a loving, helpful person and said that she would “miss him very much”.

Kim Fire Quip owner, Phoebe Fivaz, was also at the house and said that Burger was a “good person” who was hard working.

Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, yesterday confirmed that police in Modderrivier were investigating a case of culpable homicide after an accident that occurred at the Richie/Modderrivier crossing.

“On Saturday, at approximately 6pm, a truck and a Kia motor vehicle collided at the crossing. The adult male driver of the Kia died on the scene, while the driver of the truck sustained no injuries. Police request that anyone with information please contact Detective Constable Wesley Matthews on 082 301 9995,” Kock said.