Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O’Bryan died in the smash. Preshalin Naidoo‚is facing charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving for the pair’s deaths. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Mhere and O’Bryan‚ who was a passenger in the car Mhere was driving‚ died on the scene of the accident on William Nicol Drive in Fourways‚ Johannesburg‚ on January 31‚2015.
“It is possible that the deceased’s vehicle was travelling at higher speed than the accused‚” said Stanley Bezuidenhout‚ who is a defence witness.
He said if Mhere’s car was moving at slow pace‚ it would have moved sideways and not forward as it did.
“The primary cause of the accident was a mechanical failure‚” Bezuidenhout said.
An accident expert claims the evidence collected by an officer at the scene of the accident where Simba Mhere and his friend died was riddled with inaccuracies.
Stanley Bezuidenhout‚ a defence witness‚ told the Randburg Magistrate’s Court that he had been approached to investigate the scene where Preshalin Naidoo’s VW Polo GTI collided with the car Mhere and his friend Kady-Shay O’Bryan were travelling in.
Bezuidenhout‚ a specialist in analysing and investigating accidents‚ told the court that his investigation entailed looking at the cause of the accident‚ speed and mechanical factors that could have caused the accident.
His investigation‚ he said‚ revealed that Johannesburg Metro Police Officer Victor Khambule’s measurements of the scene were inaccurate.
“The positions of all the vehicles were incorrect. He did not discuss the movement of the vehicles and who was in charge of the scene before he took over.
Bezuidenhout said a joint operation was also not performed at the scene to declare any person who entered the scene “clear” to go into it.
“If the scene was measured properly we would have been able to confirm the exact location of the vehicle in its damaged state‚ the direction of the vehicle and its movement‚” Bezuidenhout said.