Police have arrested a suspect after a well-known pastry chef and confectioner was killed during an apparent drag race in Bellville on Friday night.
Melyssa La Vita, 30, was the owner of “The Cake Fairy by Melyssa” and was based in Strandfontein.
Melyssa, who had worked as a pastry chef at venues such as the Table Bay Hotel, was known for her sweet creations and had clients from as far as Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
On Friday, she had unknowingly baked her last cake, a unicorn creation for a six-year-old girl.
Her hartseer father, Anthony La Vita told the Weekend Argus that his daughter joined friends from their car club, Anointed Nation, at Sacks Circle in Bellville South late on Friday evening.
He said Melyssa had been standing at the circle and had tried to get out of the way when she was hit by a vehicle and killed.
“We understand it took place around 11.30pm Friday, or even after 12am on Saturday, the time is unclear and to be confirmed.
“She had tried to avoid the car, (but) both her and the driver had moved in the same direction.”
The father said they were unable to confirm claims that the motorists had been racing on the stretch of road.
He said Anointed Nation would usually have park-offs, where car clubs and fans gather to admire kwaai cabbies.
“We don't want to speculate about anything and we have yet to speak to the people who were at the scene.”
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed: “A culpable homicide case has been opened for investigation after an incident that occurred April 3, 2021, at 12.30am in Sacks Circle, Bellville South.
“On the scene, SAPS members found a female age 30 deceased on the ground in the road. She had sustained head and leg injuries.
“A 21-year-old suspect was arrested and will appear in court once charged.”