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Pedestrian hit by car on N1

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A man was killed last Wednesday evening when he was struck by a car on the N1 at the Sonstraal-offramp in Paarl.

The incident took place at about 18:45.

Police spokesperson, Capt Louise du Plessis confirmed the incident and said, “an Izuzu bakkie was travelling in the direction of Cape Town when a pedestrian attempted to cross the road and was struck by the vehicle.”

Du Plessis said the pedestrian (52), who lived on a farm in the Paarl area, died on the scene.

“A culpable homicide case is currently being investigated.”

According to Daan van Leeuwen Boomkamp from Drakenstein Farm Watch (DFW), their fire and rescue group for the Paarl area received an emergency call about the accident. Their control room alerted all other services although their emergency first aid responders (EFAR) teams were already on their way.

“On site, ER24, Tolcon Rescue and DFW responders, could not do anything else than determine the sad loss of life of the 52-year-old resident of [a nearby] farm. DFW crews sealed off the area, set up lights and took care of the traumatized driver and his passengers. Later on, the family of the deceased was notified and the team later handed over information to police and provincial traffic,” van Leeuwen Boomkap posted on Facebook.

He further said that eyewitnesses of the incident, as well as the driver, said that they saw the man run across the N1, right in front of the on-coming bakkie, making it difficult for the driver to avoid hitting him.

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