Death Toll Lower, More Injuries

THE festive season’s road death toll between 22 November and 28 December 2014 is slightly above 40, compared to 76 deaths which were recorded in 2013 during the same period.

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia (MVA), there have, however, been more injuries this festive season at 851, compared to the same period in 2013 when there were 828 injuries.

The MVA statement also shows that there are fewer crashes at 433 in 2014, compared to 2013 when there were 471.

Furthermore, the statistics show that Khomas region has had the highest accident rate with 156 followed by Oshana with 58 Erongo on third with 55 Otjozondjupa is fourth with 41 Hardap with 25 Oshikoto experienced 23 Ohangwena saw 21 crashes Omusati 17 Omaheke and Zambezi recorded nine each Kunene experienced eight Kavango six and Karas has the lowest accident rate at five.

There were 390 passengers injured in the crashes 169 drivers, 56 pedestrians and nine cyclists, while the status of 227 others injured could not be ascertained.

The MVA said 24 people died at the accident scene, six at hospital and one on the way to hospital.

Although statistics released by the MVA show that 31 people died in accidents during the festive season last year, the figures do not include road accident deaths which occurred after 29 December when six people died in the Henties Bay accident.

Information gathered by The Namibian shows that at least 14 more people died after 28 December, which is when MVA compiled their statistics.

The Henties Bay accident, according to Erongo police regional crime investigations coordinator deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa, involved three German tourists and three Namibians, who lost their lives in the collision. She said the accident happened 12 kilometres south of Henties Bay on 29 December last year.

Kashuupulwa also said a minibus accident on 31 December at Omaruru killed four people – two children and two adults, while a six-year-old boy was run over by a car at Henties Bay on 29 December.

Another child died at Ondangwa on 29 December when a grey Toyota Corolla hit and killed the five-year-old. A 23-year-old man also died on the spot when the pickup he was travelling in between Otjiwarongo and Otavi on 2 January overturned several times.

“The crashes over the festive season were fewer compared to last year, but we are still waiting for the return of holidaymakers and students. We are still hopeful that the death toll will remain relatively low. There have been other serious accidents reported last week but we are working on the statistics and will release them soon,”MVA chief executive officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said yesterday.

Source : The Namibian