Lilongwe — A woman receiving driving lesson in Chilinde, Lilongwe lost control of the vehicle on a bridge, sending it crashing against a rock underneath the bridge in the morning hours of Saturday, October 26, 2013.
An eye witness told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the woman was reluctant to cross the bridge, saying she was scared but the man who was providing the lesson told her to relax and grow confidence.
"When the vehicle reached the middle of the bridge, the lady driving seemed to have exerted more pressure than necessary on the accelerator pedal and lost control of the vehicle.
"The next thing we saw, the car was crashing against a rock at the bottom of the bridge," said the eye witness.
When Mana visited the scene later the same morning, the eye witness said the two who were in the vehicle had gone to Kamuzu Central Hospital for medical checkup and that no life-threatening injuries had been sustained.
A recovery truck was then attempting to retrieve the vehicle, a Honda CRV whose registration number our reporter could not make out as the number plate had been plucked off, apparently during the crashing.
In an interview, professional and experienced driving instructor, Dumisani Kapalamula, condemned the instructor saying he acted unprofessionally.
He said it was immature of him, and risky to conduct driving lessons in such a residential area where there are usually a lot of people moving around, including children.
"Driving lessons are not supposed to be conducted in residential areas. They are supposed to be conducted on flat roads and by certified instructors.
"Even when they have to be conducted in residential areas, the places chosen are quiet ones like Area 10, where you rarely see kids playing around on the roads," said Kapalamula.
He added that it was mere luck that the accident only involved the two "because there were other risks such as the car knocking on a child."
He has since pleaded with fellow instructors to follow the professional protocol and those seeking driving lessons to go through driving schools saying there are a lot of mishaps avoided when one learns a vehicle driving the right way.
Asking for their comment on the accident Lilongwe Police said they could not make any comments as they had not yet received any report of the accident.