Two more lives lost in car accident at the coast

SWAKOPMUND: A suspected failure to adhere to a road stop sign claimed two more lives at the coastal town of Swakopmund when two vehicles collided in the early hours of Wednesday evening.

Joel Lungameni, 25 and Martha David, 42 died in a car accident at the T-junction near the roadblock located a few kilometres outside Swakopmund on the way to Arandis.

It is suspected that Lungameni, who was driving a Kia mini-truck from the Henties Bay road, failed to stop at the intersection and the truck was crushed by a Mercedes-Benz in which David and others were travelling from Swakopmund.

The two were pronounced dead at the spot.

“We suspect that the driver of the truck did not stop at the junction, and the Benz which had the right of way crashed into the truck,” Detective Inspector Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay confirmed.

Iikuyu said there were four people, including the deceased, in each vehicle. Six of them escaped with serious injuries and are now receiving treatment at the Swakopmund State Hospital.

The detective said those in hospital are in stable condition, while the next of kin of the deceased have been informed.

The Mercedes-Benz had a Keetmanshoop registration number, while the Kia is registered in Walvis Bay.

Last week Saturday, two residents of Otjiwarongo died in another horrific accident at the corner of Union Street and Fifth Road in Walvis Bay.

The police have indicated that Jean Cilliers, 20, who was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and smashed into the Hyundai sedan, causing the accident which resulted in the loss of two lives on the spot.

Cilliers is now out on bail of N.dollars 9 000, and faces charges of culpable homicide, drunken driving and reckless or negligent driving.