Man dies as speedster flees

The Toyota Corolla that was hit in the accident. The 40-year-old male driver was killed.
The Toyota Corolla that was hit in the accident. The 40-year-old male driver was killed.

A 21-year-old male driver, clocked driving at 158km/h in his red BMW 420i, at 9.30am on New Year’s Eve, caused an accident which resulted in the death of another motorist.

The crash took place on the N3 southbound, between the Grey Avenue and Heidelberg turn-offs.

He was arrested on the scene after disregarding EMPD officers’ orders to stop.

“In his efforts to flee from the officers, the BMW driver lost control of his vehicle and side-swiped a Toyota Corolla.

“The 40-year-old driver of the Toyota was certified dead on the scene by paramedics,” said Wilfred Kgasago, spokesman for the EMPD.

“The fleeing driver also hit an EMPD freeway patrol vehicle which was stopped in the emergency lane.

“The officer in the vehicle suffered serious whiplash.”

The BMW driver was arrested and charged for failing to stop at the instruction of a metro police officer, culpable homicide, as well as reckless and negligent driving.

Over and above these charges, the offender was fined R2 000 for clocking 158km/h in a 120km/h zone.

He was expected to appear in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Monday (January 4).

The cases were registered at the Alberton Police Station.

 

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