Man ar­rested over four pedes­trian hit and run

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Nyaradzo Bakari Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A MOTORIST from Bu­l­awayo’s Nketa 9 sub­urb has been ar­rested for al­legedly hit­ting and in­jur­ing four pedes­tri­ans in a hit and run ac­ci­dent.

Ray Than­dazani Nde­bele (27) yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore Western Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Mr Lungile Ncube fac­ing charges of neg­li­gent driv­ing, fail­ure to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent and fail­ure to re­port an ac­ci­dent within 24 hours.

He was con­victed on his own plea on all the counts and re­manded to to­day for sen­tence.

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Me­mory Ndlovu said Nde­bele hit Mr Pamire Mpofu, his wife Ms Thandiwe Ma­saire, Mr Bless­ing Manyewe and Mr Taboka Tshuma in Fe­bru­ary this year as they were walk­ing on the side of the road in Nketa 9 around 7PM.

“On Fe­bru­ary 4, at around 7PM along Nketa 7 road near Maranatha turn off, the ac­cused neg­li­gently drove a red Isuzu ve­hi­cle with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber ABY 4820 and ran over the four com­plainants, thereby in­jur­ing them,” said Mrs Ndlovu.

The prose­cu­tor said Ms Ma­saire was ad­mit­ted to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals for five days while the other three were treated and dis­charged at Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal.

The court heard that Ms Ma­saire sus­tained in­ter­nal in­juries and lost two teeth as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent.

One of the ac­ci­dent vic­tims Mr Tshuma said Nde­bele’s ve­hi­cle lights were off and he failed to ne­go­ti­ate a turn and hit Mr Mpofu and his wife be­fore hit­ting him and Mr Manyewe. He said Nde­bele sped from the scene. “I was walk­ing with my two friends. As we were along Maranatha turn off, we heard a loud bang. We looked back to see what it was and re­alised that two peo­ple had been hit by a car,” said Mr Tshuma.

“As we kept look­ing, the same car ap­proached us, with its lights off and hit two of us while my other friend es­caped. The driver fled from the scene and we were taken to Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal.”

Mrs Ndlovu said the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice when Mr Manyewe iden­ti­fied the car at a tav­ern in Nketa 7.— @NyarieBakie.

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