Suspect in second BFN motorcyclist hit-and-run to appear in court

The 42-year old man who allegedly ran over a 20-year old Bloemfontein motorcyclist over a week ago is currently in police custody and will appear in the local Magistrate’s Court in the Free State capital on Tuesday, June 18.

Local police reveal that the suspect was arrested on Friday in De Aar, Northern Cape, after being tracked by investigators. The suspect is alleged to have run a red robot and collided into Jeremy Barnard on early Sunday morning, June 9, at the Corner of Parfitt Avenue and Nelson Mandela Drive. He then fled the scene and hid in the parking lot of a hotel not too far from the accident scene.

The incident left the 20-year old Barnard with head injuries that required doctors at the Universitas Academic Hospital to place him in an induced coma. Police spokesperson, Wendy Nkabi says the suspect will appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a charge of reckless and negligent driving.

ParkRoad police station head, Khothatso Ramokotjo lauded investigators for the arrest adding that “drivers should refrain from fleeing accident scenes but rather take responsibility and report the matter to the police”.

Conflicting reports from police initially suggested that the suspect in custody was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run incident that occurred on the corner of First Avenue and Zastron Street that involved 22-year old Jason Pieters.

Authorities have since corrected the misstatement. Pieters whose accident was captured on CCTV footage that has since gone viral on social media was hit from behind by a white bakkie on Saturday morning, June 8.