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Taxi hoots, drives over schoolgirl
23/02/2009 23:09 - (SA)
Virginia Keppler, Beeld

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_A...474990,00.html


Pretoria - A Grade 11 pupil died on her way to Garsfontein High School in Pretoria on Monday morning after a taxi first incessantly hooted at her before hitting her scooter from behind and driving over her.
Bernadine Kruger, 16, died on impact.
She was on her way to school from the house of her father, Koos Kruger, 51, in Garsfontein when the accident happened at about 07:00.
Hugo Vermaak, who was driving along Atterbury Road, saw the accident happen between the Jacqueline and General Louis Botha Drive intersections.
'He hit her full-on'
"I was driving in a westerly direction. The traffic was heavy and we were moving very slowly.
"I saw the girl on her little scooter going in an easterly direction. She was in the left-hand lane.
"Then I saw the taxi speeding up behind her and hooting at her. Just as she wanted to change lanes, he hit her full-on.
"I saw her mouth open when he hit her. She fell and then he drove over her. It wasn't a pretty sight," Vermaak said.
After the accident the traffic came to a complete standstill. Many people jumped from their cars and ran to Bernadine to see if they could help her.
A last hug
Her family and best friends arrived on the scene shortly afterwards. Her school shoes were lying next to her body and her silver scooter lay in the road close by.
Her mother, Elsabé Homan, 44, from Montana in Pretoria, knelt for a moment at her daughter' s body on the tarred road.
"I had to see for myself. I gave her a hug for the last time. She was my best friend," she said.
Homan said her daughter was a soft-hearted person with hundreds of friends. She loved dancing and achieved top marks at school.
Bernadine' s brother, Danie, 18, stared at his sister' s partly covered body in shock.
"She was my legend, because she kept her life clean and pure," he said.
Crying loudly and sorrowfully, a group of her friends and her brother knelt a few metres from her body to pray.
The police immediately called a trauma counsellor to the scene to counsel Bernadine' s family and friends.
Sergeant Lynnette Erasmus, police spokesperson, said this was one of several trained counsellors from various churches in the Garsfontein police ward that were called out in circumstances like these.
Taxi driver not arrested yet
The Garsfontein High School support team, which includes a psychologist, also called two dominees to the school to assist with counselling.
The principal, Dirk van Zyl, said shortly after people started calling with the news that one of his pupils had been hit by a vehicle, he sent the two deputy heads and two teachers to the scene to find out who it was, because Bernadine was not carrying her schoolbag.
"It was a terrible shock to all of us. It's an unbelievable blow. She was a wonderful girl and achieved very good marks," Van Zyl said.
Erasmus said the police were investigating a charge of manslaughter.
The taxi driver had not been arrested yet because the police first have to complete their investigation into the accident, she added. - Beeld
 

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this stuff happens everywhere, i live in the states and saw just as much carelessness and disregard for life....

gotta keep hope alive that things will get better
 

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my heart goes out to those parents, must be the worst thing ever
 

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This is not a race issue, its more an issue of policing. The metro cops are great at setting up speed traps and making money that way, but they do sweet f... all to make sure about our safety on the road. Between the trucks and the taxi's they are a law unto themselves most aren't even road worthy. Secondly i work on North Coast Rd in Durban and there are often traffic lights out for weeks at a time, now everyday there is at least one speed trap along the road but when the lights are out not one cop directing traffic, never seen one. Saw an accident the other day and Durban Metro drove straight past didn't even stop to assist, not their job.
 
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This is so sad, and just after that chap was killed on Friday when the friggin taxi was going the wrong way down Witkoppen. Least that friggin driver burned to death. Something has to be done and it has to be done soon.
 
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Alan, I am not saying it is a race issue, but I drive from Richards Bay to Empangeni every single day (not an easy road as roadworks are being done there for the last 02 years or so) and every (almost) 02nd day there is a guaranteed accident on that road- and it aint "normal" cars. Nowadays we are all to scared to mention the word "Race" as it is politically incorrect, Racism etc, but hey look at the facts, or browse thru the police dockets regarding crime- I mean, for how long must we (all races) keep quiet
 
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