The motorist accused of killing a pedestrian on Hardwick Street on March 27, will be facing charges of culpable homicide.
According to Captain Jabulani Ncube of the Newcastle SAPS Corporate Communications and Liaison Department, the 26-year-old pedestrian was crossing the road at around 6.30pm, when he was struck by the vehicle.
Newcastle SAPS, Protection Services, Newcastle 911 CPF and ambulance services rushed to the scene, but despite attempts to resuscitate the man, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The driver of the vehicle was arrested on charges of culpable homicide and will appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court soon, pending further investigations.”
Captain Ncube issued the following safety tips, which pedestrians are advised to adhere to:
– Cross the street at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks.
– Always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street, and keep watching as you cross.
– Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
– Make sure you can always be seen.
– Wear bright colours or reflective clothing when walking at night.
– Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, and as far from the travel lane as possible.
“Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Always be aware of what’s going on around you, and don’t allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats, or items you are carrying.”
– Avoid alcohol and drugs as they can impair your ability to walk safely.
– Adults should supervise children when crossing streets. Smaller children may be difficult for drivers to see, and young children may not be able to judge whether it is safe to cross a street or not.
“Motorists also need to look out for pedestrians, and pedestrians need to look out for motorists. Although motorists have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle on city streets, pedestrians have more at stake.”
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