Truck driver dies in rear-end collision

WINDHOEK; The police in the Kunene Region are investigating a culpable homicide after a man died in an accident involving two trucks in the Khorixas area on Thursday.

The trucks that belong to JGM Drilling Exploration Company were involved in a rear-end collision which caused some equipment from the truck driving in front to pierce the windscreen of the second truck, killing the driver instantly.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson Sergeant Slogan Matheus said at the weekly crime briefing on Sunday the accident occurred on the Bergvelle road at around 01h00 on Thursday.

The first truck had been transporting drilling equipment that consisted mainly of steel pipes.

Matheus said it is suspected that the driver of the second truck was blinded by the dust on the gravel road and could not see that the first truck had indicated that it was turning off at a camp site.

When the second truck rear-ended the truck in front of it, some of the steel pipes fell from that truck, penetrating the windscreen and causing the instant death of Raphael Hainguru, 47.

His passenger, the 25-year-old John Aihondjo, sustained slight injuries. The driver of the first truck and his passenger escaped unhurt.

Hainguru’s next of kin have been informed and police investigations continue.

Meanwhile in the Hardap Region, a 23-year-old woman allegedly killed her 19-year-old friend on Friday night.

Matheus said it is alleged that Beverly Gaoses, 23, stabbed Cereline Rooi with a broken bottle after a quarrel erupted between the two at a shebeen in Stampriet. The two had apparently been drinking and Gaoses had accused the victim of using up all her money. The suspect was arrested and appeared in the Stampriet Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

She was denied and the case was postponed until 31 October 2014 for further police investigation. Rooi’s next of kin have been informed.