FOUR people died, three on the spot, while three others were seriously injured when a Honda CRV and a Nissan X salon collided head-on along the Masvingo-Mashava road yesterday.
The driver of the CRV, Gladman Jekese (49), who allegedly encroached onto the lane of oncoming traffic, fled the scene. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they found Jekese at Makurira Memorial Hospital in Masvingo where he had been admitted with critical injuries.
She said police are charging him with culpable homicide. Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the accident occurred at the 23 kilometre peg at around 7.30AM. The deceased’s bodies, said the police spokesperson, were taken to Masvingo General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.
“The injured are receiving treatment at the same hospital where their condition remains stable but critical,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba. She said the identities of the deceased were being withheld as their next of kin were yet to be informed.
“Three people died on the spot and one died upon admission to Masvingo General Hospital.” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the Nissan X salon, driven by Kenneth Guri (42) of Masvingo, was travelling from Masvingo towards Mashava.
The vehicle, she said, had four passengers when tragedy struck while the other one had one. “After seeing that he had caused the accident, Jekese fled the scene only to be found admitted at Makurira Memorial Clinic in Masvingo. His condition is critical,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.
“Jekese will face charges of culpable homicide for causing the accident, failing to render assistance to the injured and fleeing from the scene after causing an accident. He should have had the conscience to stop after causing an accident and not to flee from the scene. It’s a crime to fail to render assistance to accident victims.” chronicle