Mabvuku accident: Truck driver faces culpable homicide charges

Source: The Herald – Breaking news.

Mabvuku accident: Truck driver faces culpable homicide charges

Crime Reporter

THE driver of a Howo truck which was involved in road traffic accident with two commuter omnibuses in Harare’s Mabvuku suburb on Tuesday night, killing six people, is likely to face culpable homicide charges.

Police said the truck encroached into an oncoming lane and side-swiped a Toyota Hiace kombi, which had 13 passengers on board, before colliding head-on with another Toyota Hiace kombi that had five passengers  on board.

As a result, six people died on the spot, while 12 others were injured.

Police have since released four names of the six people who were killed.

In an interview yesterday, national police spokesperson Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the developments.

“We are looking into those possibilities of charging the driver with culpable homicide and that is why we are conducting comprehensive investigations,” he said.

Once investigations have been completed, the driver is likely to face six counts of culpable homicide.

The fatal road traffic accident occurred along Donnybrook Road, Chizhanje area in Mabvuku, Harare, on May 21, 2024 at around 5pm.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has established that a Howo truck, with one passenger on board, veered onto the oncoming traffic lane and side-swiped a Toyota Hiace kombi with 13 passengers on board, before having a head-on collision with another Toyota Hiace kombi with five passengers on board. As a result, six people were killed whilst 12 others were injured,” Commissioner Nyathi said.

The four victims, who were identified by their next of kin, are Edinah Ndogwedu, a female adult of Riverside, Ruwa; Felix Javha, a male adult of Hatfield, Harare; Tarisai Chigwande, a female adult of Zimre Park, Harare and Liberty Chitide, a male adult of Tafara, Harare.

The other two victims are yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has reported another fatal road traffic accident in which three people were killed whilst 10 others were injured at the 226-kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road on the 21st of May, 2024 at around 2200 hours.

An ERF truck with three passengers on board encroached onto the oncoming traffic lane, resulting in a head-on collision with a Stallion Cruise Bus with 40 passengers on board.

The three victims are yet to be identified by their next of kin.

The bodies of the victims were conveyed to Hwange Colliery Hospital mortuary for post-mortem while some of the injured were admitted to the same hospital and St Lukes Hospital.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that drivers should avoid travelling at night as most road traffic accidents are recorded during this time due to visibility and observation challenges. Above all, drivers are urged to be cautious and observe all road rules and regulations to safeguard human lives,” Commissioner Nyathi said.

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