Hit-and-Run Cop Dies

A 35-YEAR-OLD female police constable of Walvis Bay, Yvonne Oxurus, died on Thursday of the injuries she sustained during a hit-and-run incident at the Walvis BaySwakopmund roadblock more than a week ago.

Oxurus started working for the Walvis Bay police force at the beginning of this year.

On the evening of 17 May she was on duty at the roadblock when a red Volkswagen Golf driven by 46-year-old Delfina Meyer coming from Swakopmund failed to stop at the roadblock and struck her.

Instead of stopping, Meyer sped on, forcing a patrol vehicle to pursue her into Walvis Bay where she was eventually stopped.

The vehicle was damaged on its right bumper and the right of the windscreen. The police took her to the Walvis Bay district hospital to have a blood sample taken because of suspicions that she may have been under the influence of alcohol.

She refused and was eventually arrested on charges of reckless and negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop at the scene of an accident as well as failure to cooperate with the police to provide a blood sample.

Meyer has already made her first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail of N$8 000. Oxurus, who was admitted to hospital, died of her injuries.

“Now culpable homicide has been added to [Meyer’s] charges,” regional crime investigation coordinator for Erongo, deputy commissioner Ottilie Kashipuulwa said.

Source : The Namibian