After being injured when a minibus they were riding in collided with the R21 in Pretoria, South Africa, a taxi driver and 13 passengers were taken to the hospital.
Lieutenant-Colonel Kelebogile Thepa, the spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD), stated in a statement on Thursday, March 30, 2023, that the 45-year-old driver had a seizure and lost control of the vehicle, which resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
“The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department motorcycle unit members operating on the freeway responded to a fatal crash on the R21 freeway direction north, by the Benoni/R23 off-ramp, involving the minibus taxi and a pedestrian,” Thepa stated. The incident occurred on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, between 8 and 9 a.m.
“Due to minor and severe injuries sustained in the collision, the 45-year-old male taxi driver and 13 male and female passengers, ranging in age from 31 to 52 years, were transported to the Tembisa Hospital for treatment.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the taxi driver encountered had a seizure while behind the wheel, although it is not yet clear what actually occurred prior to the crash. Thepa stated that the driver of the minibus lost control, struck a traffic light, and struck the 37-year-old male pedestrian wearing the uniform of a well-known private security company.
She said clinical staff announced the safety officer dead on the scene.
The South African Police Service has assigned a detective to investigate a case of culpable homicide that has been filed at the Kempton Park police station.
Thepa stated, “Community members are urged by the City of Ekurhuleni, not to walk on the freeways, as it is prohibited.”