The Police in Bloemfontein have rubbished claims that two serious accidents involving motorcyclists and bakkie drivers are related.
This comes as many residents in the city have in the last week taken to social media to question the finer details of the two incidents. Speaking to OFM News this morning, police spokesperson in the Free State, Wendy Nkabi, said reports that the two are related are not true and while police are investigating the matters separately, they have not yet made any arrests.
In the first incident, which OFM News previously reported on, 22-year-old Jason Pieters was waiting for the traffic light to turn green at Zastron Street in Westdene, Bloemfontein, when he was hit from behind by a bakkie whose driver ran the red light and was flung through the air. His brother, Ryno, as well as the police in the province, and the Free State Department of Health confirmed that the accident took place in the early hours of Saturday at around 01:30. This accident was captured on CCTV footage video and went viral on social media.
Police spokesperson, Wendy Nkabi, earlier told OFM News that the suspect in Pieters’ accident fled the scene and she confirmed this morning that no arrests have been made yet. This, despite the fact that the man allegedly took Pieter’s bike to his family on Sunday, in a separate vehicle, where he also allegedly told the family that it was, in fact, Jason who caused the accident and not him, as depicted in the video.
Just a day after Pieters’ accident, 20-year-old Jeremy Barnard was also hit by a bakkie driver in the early hours of Sunday morning, with the driver also fleeing the scene after the accident. Bloemfontein Courant reported that the suspect in Barnard’s case is expected to be arrested today. Seemingly, the police may be right as the information received thus far suggests that although the accidents took place less than a kilometer from each other, they were a day apart – even though on those days, they happened at around the same time.
Meanwhile, also agreeing with the suggestion that the accidents are not related, is Jason’s brother Ryno, who said that while he was looking for information on his younger brother’s whereabouts over the weekend, he learned that in the past weekend alone, there had been four accidents involving motorcyclists, with three of them having taken place on Saturday and one (believed to be Barnard) on Sunday. OFM News has placed an inquiry with Emergency Medical Services in the province on the accidents said to have taken place over the weekend. It remains unknown at this stage why police have not yet made an arrest in Pieterse’s case as well as when today they will arrest the suspect in Barnard’s accident.
According to Bloemfontein Courant, Barnard is currently receiving medical treatment for cracked ribs, pressure on the brain and fluid in the lungs. He also received seven stitches on his chin. This accident, which happened exactly a month before his 21st birthday, has shaken his family, however, his mother, Rouve Barnard, told Bloemfontein Courant that she is thankful for the prayers of everyone who has shown her family support during this time and hopes her son will make a speedy recovery.
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