Kombi driver hits and kills 7-year old boy

A BINDURA-based Kombi driver has been arrested after he fatally ran over a seven-year-old boy at the 58km peg along Mukumbura-Harare Highway on Sunday.

Mashonaland Central province police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe confirmed the arrest of Chaparadza Zienderana (62) of Aerodrome, Bindura yesterday saying he was speeding and failed to apply brakes on time, resulting in the vehicle he was using to illegally ply the route hitting Tafadzwa Sakupwanya, who was crossing the road.

In terms of government’s COVID-19 regulations, all commuter omnibuses which are not registered with the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) are not permitted on the road.

“I can confirm a fatal road accident at the 58 kilometre peg where a seven-year-old boy succumbed to injuries sustained from the accident,” Mundembe said.

It is further alleged that the now deceased Sakupwanya sustained chest pains and died as he was being rushed to Bindura provincial hospital for treatment.

Police warned motorists to travel at safe speeds during this rainy season.

“We are urging motorists to travel at safe speed especially during this rainy season, life is precious, hence drive to remain alive,” Mudembe said.

This comes after another kombi driver hit and killed two pedestrians before ramming into two other vehicles in Harare’s city centre.

Ernest Kazingizi was yesterday expected to appear at the Harare magistrates court charged with culpable homicide in aggravating circumstances.

It is said that on December 1, 2020 at around 6:30am Kazingizi (27) was driving a Toyota Hiace-ADZ 0303-along Nelson Mandela Street due East in Harare’s CBD.

Upon reaching the intersection of Mandela and Angwa Street, Kazingizi failed to give way to traffic coming from right and hit a Mercedes Benz which was travelling along Angwa Street due North.

Due to the impact of the collision, Kazingizi lost control of his kombi and hit Zvidzai Hungwe and Greenfield Kundodyiwa who were crossing the road.

As if that was not enough, Kazingizi’s kombi went on to ram into another Toyota Raum which was parked along Nelson Mandela.

Hungwe and Kundodyiwa were taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where they later died because of wounds they sustained after being hit by Kazingizi.

Kazingizi allegedly failed to keep proper lookout on the road and failed to stop when the collision was imminent.


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