Reck­less kombi driver in court for hit­ting pedes­trian

The Manica Post - - Local News - Wim­bainashe Zhakata Post Cor­re­spon­dent

A RECK­LESS 28-year old com­muter om­nibus driver was dragged to court on Fri­day for hit­ting and in­jur­ing a pedes­trian two years ago.

Wil­lard Chipa­maunga has been out of cus­tody since 2016 af­ter hit­ting the woman who was try­ing to cross to the other side of the road.

Chipa­maunga ap­peared be­fore Mutare Pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate, Mr Tendai Mahwe charged with con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 52 (2) of the Road Traf­fic Act Chap­ter 13:11 “Neg­li­gent Driv­ing”.

He pleaded not guilty say­ing the pedes­trian was the one who caused con­fu­sion and the ac­ci­dent.

He said: “She ap­peared in front of my ve­hi­cle from nowhere while I was driv­ing from Dangamvura to town.”

Public pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Brighton Shamu­yarira said: “The scene was at­tended by Sergeant Sabau and his ob­ser­va­tions at the scene were that there was blood on the eastern side of the left lane. The pedes­trian sus­tained a frac­ture on the right side as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent and was treated at Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal. A med­i­cal re­port can be pro­duced in court as ex­hibit,” he said.

He told the court that on Oc­to­ber 8, 2016 at the seven kilo­me­tre peg along Mutare-Masvingo Road, Chipa­maunga un­law­fully drove a ve­hi­cle, namely a Toy­ota Hi­ace, reg­is­tra­tion num­ber ACZ 8354 neg­li­gently and caused the in­jury of Ta­lent Chi­b­ora.

Chipa­maunga re­sides in Dangamvura at Num­ber 1297, Area 3 Dangamvura, Mutare and is also a holder of a Zim­bab­wean driver’s li­cense in re­spect of classes 2, 4 and 5, said Mr Shamu­yarira.

He added that the ac­cused hit a pedes­trian who was cross­ing the road from the west to the east.

Chi­b­ora sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries on her body, mainly on her right leg, which was bro­ken.

“The pedes­trian was taken to Mutare Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal for treat­ment by the driver of the com­muter om­nibus who hit her,” said Mr Shamu­yarira.

Mr Tendai Mahwe said the trial mag­is­trate for the mat­ter was not avail­able to grant the sen­tence hence a full trial was post­poned to May 7.

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