Six Okahandja accident victims identified

OTJIWARONGO: The Otjozondjupa police on Monday officially released names of six people who died in a road accident between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo on Sunday, 02 August 2015.

The Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Monday that all six deceased persons have been positively identified by their relatives.

Mbeha said the six people died instantly in a tragic road that occurred between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo last week Sunday evening, on 02 August this year at approximately 19H15.

She said the six deceased are 24-year-old Ihemba Elias Hausiku who was identified last Friday, 24-year-old Kashamuna Kresentia Mundinda, Titus Tavale, 28, and a 50-year-old Joseph Markus Quarum.

The deceased two minor children were identified as a four-year-old David Ekandjo Asino, and one-year-old Selma Ndinelao Asino.

The accident occurred about 33 kilometers north of Okahandja.

It is suspected an Isuzu sports utility vehicle (SUV) that was coming from the direction of Okahandja had overtaken another vehicle on a blind spot.

It then hit a Ford Ranger pick-up that was coming from the side of Otjiwarongo, head-on.

Another pick-up vehicle driving from Okahandja then bumped into the wrecked Ford Ranger, and due to the heavy impact, the Ford Ranger burst into flames.

Mbeha said 10 other people who were travelling in the unidentified pick-up and SUV sustained serious injuries and were first taken to the Okahandja State Hospital.

Nine of them were later transferred to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the capital, where they were treated for injuries.

A case of culpable homicide has been opened at the Okahandja Police Station, she said.

Police investigations continue.