Police track down and arrest woman (37) for ‘lugs’ hit and run
DURBAN NORTH – A woman has been arrested and is expected to appear in court soon, after she allegedly knocked and killed two people on the M4, last Wednesday (May 18).
The family of one of the deceased, known as Sumeer, had pleaded with the public via social media platforms to help them track down the driver who hit into the two victims. The message read: “At approximately 6.30pm, our dear friend Summer was the victim of a hit and run. He was assisting his friend in changing a tyre on the yellow lane, just before the lugs (Blue Lagoon) onramp to join the freeway in the town to umhlanga direction when he was hit by a black Kia Koup. He was killed instantly. His 2 friends sustained serious injuries and are currently in hospital. Unfortunately no reg pates were seen…” [sic]
Police then sent out a statement, requesting information from the public to help track down the perpetrator. “Durban Central police are looking for the witnesses who may assist them in the investigation about the car accident occurred on the M4 (Ruth) Highway. The police attended to the accident and on their arrival they found a red bakkie smashed. They noticed a person lying on the side of the road covered in silver foil. It is alleged that the man approached the members and informed them that their vehicle had a tyre problem which they were fixing, when an unknown black vehicle collided with them and drove off without stopping. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and one person died at the scene. Today it was discovered that another person who was seriously injured also died. A case of culpable homicide was opened at Durban central police station for further investigation,” the statement read.
After investigations ensued, a 37-year-old woman was tracked down and was detained at the Durban Central police cells. She will be charged for culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and failing to stop after an accident. The vehicle was impounded and the suspect will appear at the Durban Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.