Durban authorities arrested a 37-year old suspect who was detained at the Durban Central police cells on Tuesday. She will be charged for culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and failing to stop after an accident. The vehicle was impounded and the suspect will appear at the Durban Magistrates’ Court today, 26 May.
The deceased men, identified as Sumeer Maharaj (26) and Praven Mahabir (25), were called out to help a friend with some mechanical problems after his vehicle stalled on the M4. They were changing a tyre when the tragedy unfolded. A fourth friend escaped unscathed as he was said to have been in his vehicle at the time of the hit and run.
In an interview with the Phoenix Tabloid, Sumeer’s uncle, Ridhwaan Abid, who lived at the same address as the deceased in Whetstone, said his family is devastated since the young man’s demise. “Our family hasn’t yet come to terms with Sumeer’s death. We are shattered. How can a person ram into people and just drive off with no conscience? This person is still at large while two families are mourning with no answers about this tragedy. Sumeer was a carefree young man. He was passionate about cars and held down a job at a spares shop in North Coast Road. He loved being with his friends and helping them at any opportunity. He was well-loved by all and will be sorely missed,” said Abid.
Praven’s family of Rydalvale told the Phoenix Tabloid, that his death is like a bad dream from which they are hoping to awake and find him still alive. Eldest brother, Ashlan (32) said, “My heart is ripped at the manner in which my brother was killed. He was a happy-go-lucky young man whom people loved to bits. He was crazy about cars and fixing them. Following his death, we as a family want justice to be served. If justice is denied to us, we will call for revenge.”
Sheena Mahabir (34), Praven’s sister, said, “Praven was the live-wire in our family.
He went to help a friend and died whilst doing what he loved… fixing cars! We were seven siblings and now there is a void with Praven’s passing. The person responsible for crashing into my brother and his friends must hand himself over to the police.”
Source inputs: Tabloid Media, Phoenix Tabloid, Facebook