Man dies, son (4) es­capes un­harmed

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

AN In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Mi­gra­tion (IOM) of­fi­cial died while his four-year-old son es­caped un­harmed af­ter his ve­hi­cle veered of the road, over­turned and rolled sev­eral times near his house in Plumtree.

Wit­nesses said An­drew Gethi (43), a Kenyan na­tional who was work­ing in Plumtree but had re­cently been trans­ferred to South Su­dan, lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle at a curve at about 4PM on Thurs­day.

Gethi, who was mar­ried to a Zim­bab­wean, is said to have been speed­ing at the time of the ac­ci­dent.

Mati­waza coun­cil­lor, Mr Simiso Ndlovu, con­firmed the ac­ci­dent.

“He left his home with his son and on his way back he ac­cel­er­ated and failed to ne­go­ti­ate a curve as he was ap­proach­ing his house,’’ he said.

Mr Ndlovu said Gethi was seen drink­ing at a bar in the bor­der town just be­fore the in­ci­dent.

A Dom­bodema man, Mr Ron­ald Ncube, who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent, said Gethi died on the way to hos­pi­tal.

He said the car rolled down a slope for about 50 me­tres.

Mr Ncube said Gethi’s wife, Ms Sib­heku­musa Ndlovu, rushed to the scene of the ac­ci­dent soon af­ter it hap­pened.

“I was walk­ing past when I heard some noise. Gethi’s car rolled sev­eral times and when I got there his son was ly­ing on the ground but he was un­harmed.

“His wife heard the sound of the crash and she came out of their house and found me al­ready at the scene. I didn’t know the man as I was just pass­ing by but we rushed him to hos­pi­tal in his wife’s car. I was hold­ing Gethi and just as we left the ac­ci­dent scene he died,’’ Mr Ncube said.

He said Gethi had se­vere in­juries on his head and body. He said when they found him, he was alive but could not speak or move and was breath­ing with some dif­fi­cul­ties. Mr Ncube said there was also a big cylin­der in the car which he as­sumed could have hit Gethi when his car was over­turn­ing. He said the four-year-old boy was shaken by the ac­ci­dent.

Mr Ncube said there was a bot­tle of whiskey in the car which was half empty. — @DubeMatutu

The car which rolled sev­eral times and killed An­drew Gethi

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