Po­lice search­ing for driver of van in­volved in deadly hit-and-run on M1

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - STAFF RE­PORTER starnews@inl.co.za

HAVE you seen this van?

This is be­lieved to be the ve­hi­cle in­volved in Satur­day af­ter­noon’s hi­tand-run in which a Good Sa­mar­i­tan was killed after he stopped to help a stranded mo­torist on the M1 free­way.

The ac­ci­dent, which took place be­fore 4pm, was recorded on a pass­ing mo­torist’s dash­board cam­era.

By late yes­ter­day, the hit-and-run driver was still at large.

The SAPS con­firmed that a case was opened at Bram­ley po­lice sta­tion by the Joburg metro po­lice depart­ment (JMPD). “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide,” said War­rant Of­fi­cer Moses Maphakela.

He said po­lice were look­ing for the driver and re­ferred fur­ther queries to the JMPD.

Metro po­lice spokesman Wayne Min­naar said the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing. The vic­tim’s name was not re­leased. ER24 spokes­men Rus­sel Meir­ing and Werner Ver­maak said a mo­torist’s car had bro­ken down near the Marl­boro of­framp in Sand­ton on Satur­day. Another mo­torist, a mid­dle-aged man who had his fam­ily in the car, stopped to help.

“Mo­ments later, a white ve­hi­cle col­lided into him, throw­ing him into a ditch on the side of the high­way. De­spite the ef­forts of paramedics, he was de­clared dead on scene,” said the ER24 team. “Ev­ery­one on the scene was clearly shocked about what had hap­pened. Ac­cord­ing to by­standers, the ve­hi­cle con­tin­ued to drive on.”

A wit­ness later came for­ward with footage from his dash­board cam­era.

“Another mo­torist trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion no­ticed the ve­hi­cle hit some­thing but was not sure what had hap­pened (as heard on the video).”

The pass­ing mo­torist later read about the ac­ci­dent on­line and re­alised it was the same in­ci­dent.

“He shared the video with us, hope­fully to help track down the driver of the white ve­hi­cle that did not at­tempt to stop after the col­li­sion,” said Ver­maak and Meir­ing.

View the video on­line at http://youtu.be/f7vCnC07euE. There is a link to it from the ER24 blog at http://blog.er24.co.za

THE CUL­PRIT: Footage from a dash­board cam­era of the white ve­hi­cle. The driver al­legedly killed a Good Sa­mar­i­tan who tried to help another mo­torist whose car had bro­ken down.

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