Police in Maun are investigating a fatal accident in which a 27-year-old man of Gumare recently lost his life after being hit by a vehicle.
The incident is reported to have occurred in Komana village on July 30th at night (around 10; 30pm) as the pedestrian was trying to cross the road to the other side.
According to Maun Police Station Commander Superintendent Chenamo Orateng, the deceased was hit by an Isuzu driven by the 55-year-old man who is an employee at Khoemacau mine in Toteng Village.
Orateng said after being informed by members of the public about the incident they then rushed to the scene where they indeed found the deceased lying on the road in a pool of blood. He was then rushed to Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead by medical doctors.
Orateng revealed that the driver who was present at the scene was tested for alcohol levels in his blood and the results from the breathalyzer showed that he had exceeded the maximum limit. The Khoemacau employee who is yet to appear before the Maun Magistrate’s Court is likely to face the charge of causing death by drunken driving. However, Orateng said that investigations on the matter are still on-going as they still await postmortem results.
Meanwhile the Station Commander has since advised pedestrians to always be cautious when using the road. “Road users should be careful at all times when crossing and before one can cross, you must observe the speed of the incoming car before you decide to cross,” he advised.
He also advised drivers to obey road signs, “drivers are always advised to maintain the speed limit especially when driving in a place of residence to avoid such accidents.”
Orateng also warned that drunken driving is a serious offence which can leads to similar fatal accidents therefore he asked drivers not to drink and drive. According to him, since December last year they have not recorded a similar incident adding that such cases are very rare in his policing area.