Crash car’s speed dis­cussed in court

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

THE state has slammed an ac­ci­dent ex­pert’s claim that the man ac­cused of caus­ing the death of Top Billing pre­sen­ter Simba Mhere was trav­el­ling at only 80km an hour.

Ac­ci­dent re­con­struc­tion ex­pert Stan­ley Bezuiden­hout told the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court that Pre­shalin Naidoo’s car had been trav­el­ling no faster than 80km/h when it col­lided with Mhere’s ve­hi­cle.

Naidoo faces charges of cul­pa­ble homi­cide and reck­less and neg­li­gent driv­ing. He has pleaded not guilty.

Yes­ter­day pros­e­cu­tor Di­nesh Nand­kissor said it was im­pos­si­ble that Naidoo’s car had been trav­el­ling at that speed. “You want this court to be­lieve that the car hit a curb and col­lided with the de­ceased’s trav­el­ling at 80km/h de­spite the tracker re­port?” Nandnkissor asked.

Bezuiden­hout said the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to him had yielded the re­sults.

Mhere and his friend‚ Kady-Shay O’Bryan‚ died in the crash on Jan­uary 31 2015.

The trial con­tin­ues. – Nom­ahlubi Jor­daan

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