Pedestrian knocked down by drunk driver
DRUNK-driving still remains the leading cause for fatal road accidents.
Such reckless behaviour becomes more disheartening when an innocent pedestrian is knocked down by a motor vehicle which is under the control of a driver whose ability to make reasonable judgements has been greatly affected by alcohol. A case of a similar nature was brought before the Magistrate’s Court after an alleged drunk driver knocked down a pedestrian.
Samkeliso Shongwe (32) of Emantabeni appeared before Principal Magistrate Dumisani Magagula where he faced a charge of culpable homicide. He was further charged with contravening the Road Traffic Act after he was found to have imbibed in alcohol before getting behind the wheel and subsequently causing an accident.
On the first count, the accused person is said
to have wrongfully and unlawfully driven a motor vehicle and knocked down a 42year-old pedestrian who was later certified dead at Good Shepherd Hospital. The accident is said to have happened along the Mhlumeni-Siteki road. On the second count, the accused is charged with contravening Section 122(1) and (2) of the Road Traffic Act 6 of 2007.
The accused person is said to have driven a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor. A breathalyser test which was conducted on the accused person is said to have indicated that he had a content of 1.14 mg/l of alcohol in his system, which is way above the legal limit which stands at 0.37 mg/l. During his appearance before the court, the court was informed that the accused person was employed by Eswatini Electricity Company. The accused person successfully filed an application for bail which was granted at E2 000. This was after the crown did not oppose the application. He was warned to return to court for commencement of trial on January 18.