TRUCK KILLS MAN ON SCOOTER
THE KIMBERLEY Police have opened a case of culpable homicide after a local man was killed in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday afternoon.
Desmond Viljoen, 39, was killed at around 5pm on Wednesday after his scooter was hit by a tanker truck while he was travelling home from his place of work, Agrico, in Kimdustria.
The accident happened on the N12 in Squarehill Park.
The truck, travelling into Kimberley on the N12, apparently slammed into the scooter and dragged the motorcycle and Viljoen for several meters on the road.
The scooter ended up on the side of the road with Viljoen lying next to it. His helmet was knocked off his head during the crash and he died on the scene.
The truck came to a standstill several metres further down the road and its driver sustained no injuries.
“ER24 paramedics, along with another service, arrived on the scene to find the man lying next to his scooter on the side of the road. The truck that had collided with the man was parked some distance away. Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had sustained a serious head injury and showed no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the man and he was declared dead,” ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, said yesterday.
Fellow Agrico employees identified the body on the scene. They had arrived at the accident scene while on their way home from work, after having seen Viljoen leave work just moments earlier.
Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, yesterday confirmed that a case of culpable homicide had been opened following the accident.
“The accident claimed the life of a 39-year-old who was riding a motorcycle, which collided with a truck,” Mooi said.
Viljoen was a former student at Northern Cape High School in Kimberley and was married to Marlene
(nee Fouche), also from Kimberley.
Marlene was yesterday still too traumatised by the death of her husband to speak to the media and she was being supported by her parents.
Family members yesterday described Viljoen as a servant of God, adding that he was “honest, humble and quiet” in his own unique way.
“Nothing was ever too much trouble for him,” they said.
One family member, Ronel van Rensburg, posted the following message on Facebook: “Heer, die dag het met ’n lied in die hart begin en in ’n oogwink het een oproep als uitmekaar geskeer. Heer, ek lê vandag Desmond Viljoen Facebook
vir Letta, Marlene en Desmond, asook die res van ons familie by U voete neer en vra dat U Letta as sy ma, Marlene as sy vrou en Desmond, sy pa, sal krag gee en vertroosting in hierdie moeilike tyd. Heer vertroos ook die res van ons as familie, asook vriende, want Ouboet het soveel mense se lewens aangeraak met stilheid en bedagsaamheid. Heer, sy skielike afsterwe laat ’n groot leemte, maar U jubel want U het die mooiste blom in U tuin vanoggend. Ouboet Bennie Desmond Viljoen, rus in vrede ou neef. Jou plek is leeg en jou stem stil, maar jy sal vir altyd in ons harte en gedagtes leef.”
(“God, the day started with a song in our hearts but in a wink of an eye, one phone call tore everything apart. God, today I lay at your feet, Letta, his mother, Marlene, his wife, and Desmond, his father, as well of the rest of the family and ask that You give them power and comfort them during this difficult time. God, also comfort the rest of us as family, as well as friends. Ouboet (big brother) touched so many lives with his quietness and thoughtfulness. God, his sudden death will leave a huge emptiness, but You are jubilating, as You today have the most beautiful flower in your garden. Ouboet Bennie Desmond Viljoen, rest in peace, old cousin. Your place is empty and your voice quiet but you will forever live on in our hearts and thoughts.”) SCENE: The truck involved in the fatal accident.
Picture: Danie van der Lith