TRUCK KILLS MAN ON SCOOTER

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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

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