- The effects of liquor on South Africa have once again raised its ugly head
- A cyclist was struck down by a BMW whose driver was believed to be under the influence of alcohol
- The driver has since been taken into custody on charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving
A tragic accident in Johannesburg has exposed the dangers of driving under the influence after a cyclist was hit by a BMW on Thursday afternoon.
News24 reports that the cyclist was dragged down the road by the vehicle, whose driver was allegedly intoxicated.
Emer-G-Med chief operating officer Jurgen Kotze says his team was the first to arrive on the scene:
"A 37-year-old man was riding his mountain bike on the pavement and a BMW came around the corner and the driver lost control and struck the cyclist. Our team found the man lying on his back still trapped under the car. He was alive but in a bad condition. We despatched our acute critical retrieval team to assist, but the man was declared dead on the scene about 40 minutes later."
Johannesburg Metro Police Department Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnar spoke to the publication, confirming that the driver of the BMW had been taken into custody.
The man is now facing charges of drunken driving and culpable homicide with a pedestrian witnessing the ordeal:
"The pedestrian managed to jump out of the way but the cyclist, unfortunately, couldn't get out of the way in time. He was run over and dragged down the road. The driver of the BMW was arrested and charged at the Douglasdale police station for culpable homicide and drunken driving."
Briefly.co.za reported that a horrific accident in Jozini had seen a truck driver arrested on the same charges.
The 48-year-old had lost control of the truck, killing 8 people and injuring over 30 while under the influence of alcohol.
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