23 January 2013

Namibia: Senior Citizen Latest Bypass Victim

ANOTHER fatal accident claimed the life of an elderly woman after the car she was driving collided with a Toyota Land Cruiser pulling a trailer on the Western Bypass road in Windhoek yesterday morning .

The woman, identified as AM Wentzel (82), was driving an Audi sedan.

The driver of the Land Cruiser, as well as some onlookers, alleged that Wentzel hade made a U-turn in the wrong lane, which resulted in a collision between the two vehicles.

The Land Cruiser was en route to Okahandja and carried three passengers who all escaped unhurt. Wentzel was alone in the Audi.

City Police Chief Abraham Kanime said 12 people died on the Western Bypass in 2012 alone.

Five were pedestrians, four died in collisions, two died in roll-over accidents and one lost control over the vehicle and hit a bridge.

Kanime said one of the major causes of accidents on the Western Bypass is speeding.

"Considering how busy the road is, the appropriate speed would be 60 kilometres per hour," he said.

But Kanime added that the Bypass was a national road and said the City Police hoped that it would be handed over to the City of Windhoek so that they could reduce the speed limit on the road.

City Police Superintendent Helena Mootseng appealed to road users to be cautious when they are on the road.

"This was another fatal accident that could have been prevented. We have been spreading the message, now we need our residents to stop listening and start acting," she said.

"When we tell road users not to drive fast it's not because we love to make a noise but we need people to listen. Driving safely is an attitude. It's time that the public starts acting and following the road rules because there has been enough talking," Mootseng said.

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