Crash victim loses battle



September 7, 2016
Crash victim loses battle

GONE: Abdul Basier Johnson, 32

Hanover Park man dies of head injuries in hospital while his boetie is still critical.

One of two brothers involved in a horror crash on Jakes Gerwel Drive has passed away.

Adul Basier Johnson, 32, was buried according to Muslim rites yesterday afternoon.

Basier and his younger brother Shaheen, 24, were among eight people who were injured during the four-car pile-up about two weeks ago.

The Hanover Park siblings were travelling along Jakes Gerwel Drive from Mitchells Plain to Heideveld when their red VW Polo was hit by a Quantum taxi.

The impact sent their car flying over the barrier into the oncoming lane where it hit a Caravelle van that was carrying five people.

It’s believed the taxi driver was drunk and fled the scene but police could not confirm this.

The brothers were on their way to see Basier’s ex-wife and his children at the time of the accident.

Basier died in Groote Schuur hospital on Monday morning from serious head injuries.

His emotional mother Nazeema Johnson says her younger son Shaheen was devastated to learn his brother had died because he has not seen Basier since the accident.

Shaheen suffered injuries to his legs, arms and back.

“He is not doing well,” she said yesterday.

“Shaheen discharged himself and he couldn’t see his brother because he can’t move.

“His injuries are still very bad and he needs medical attention.

“He’s going back (today) to see the doctor and the physiotherapist.”

Nazeema says her eldest never showed any signs of recovery.

“His condition never improved, it only got worse,” she says.

During a previous interview, Nazeema said she had to be strong for both her sons.

At the hospital, days after the accident, she squeezed Basier’s hand and whispered in his ear.

All the passengers who were inside the Caravelle were also rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

According to reports, one of the girls from the van broke both her legs.

Police spokesperson constable Nolyiso Rwexana says a case of culpable homicide will now be investigated.

No arrests have been made yet.

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