Hit and run horror



October 3, 2016
Hit and run horror

WOUNDED: Boy treated for head injuries

‘Drunk’ driver rams into Lentegeur boys.

Three young boys were mowed down by an alleged drunk driver while they were washing a car.

Police are now hunting for the 19-year-old driver of the car after he fled the scene.

The school holidays for Mitchells Plain pals Jason Plaatjies, 14, Wafeeq Kalam, 12, and Tristan Botman, 13, got off to a terrible start on Saturday while they washed Wafeeq’s mother’s Audi A3 in 
Cineraria Crescent, Lentegeur.

The traumatised boys say a man in a white Chevrolet Spark, came speeding around the corner and ploughed into the Audi before spinning out of control.

The Audi’s door slammed into Jason who was standing between the door and driver’s seat, leaving him with a badly bruised leg and hip.

Wafeeq’s right shoulder was crushed by the door, and the teen may have to undergo surgery to save his arm.

Tristan was left with scratches, cuts and bruises to his head, face and eyes after the vacuum cleaner they had been using “flew through the air and exploded”.

The boys were rushed to Mitchells Plain District hospital and Groote Schuur hospital.

Tristan says: “The vacuum cleaner exploded in my face and the blood was running down my face, I didn’t realise what was happening.

“Wafeeq’s shoulder was left broken after the door hit him.”

The boys say the driver abandoned the Chevrolet and ran off.

HURT: Tristan Botman, Wafeeq Kalam and Jason Plaatjies are recovering
CREDIT: Bertram Malgas

Wafeeq’s mother Zulfa Kalam, 33, claims the driver, who is known to them, had used the car without permission, and also did not have a driver’s licence.

“We want to know why police haven’t arrested him after he went on the run because our children could have died,” she fumes.

“We understand this driver asked a relative if he can listen to music in the car. The car apparently was hired by the relative’s friend.

“The driver took the car and doesn’t even have a licence and the boys claim he smoked dagga and was drunk.”

The Daily Voice visited the house of the 19-year-old driver, but no one was home.

Police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana says a case of reckless and 
negligent driving is under investigation.

“According to reports, three children were knocked over by a 19-year-old suspect while they were washing a car.

“The driver ran away. The suspect is yet to be arrested.”

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