KEETMANSHOOP: A 25-year-old man lost his life on Saturday after he allegedly lost control and overturned the vehicle he was driving on the road from Keetmanshoop to Lüderitz.
The deceased has been identified as Nicolaas Christian Thirion.
His passenger, Johannes Gerhardus Engelbrecht, 21, was injured in the accident that occurred about 12 kilometres outside Keetmanshoop.
The Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Monday that the deceased died on the spot after being thrown out of the Citi Golf.
“We suspect that the vehicle was travelling at high speed, as police could not see any other sign that could be linked to the accident.
The whole engine was thrown out of the car,” the deputy commissioner said, adding that they are still investigating the actual cause of the accident.
The survivor sustained multiple injuries, and was admitted to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, where he is now in a stable condition.
Meanwhile, Matheus Sebulon Muenjo, the Karas regional manager of the Roads Authority (RA)’s Road Traffic and Transport Inspectorate, said at a media briefing on Monday that very few drivers were fined for speeding during a special road operation here from 28 to 30 September.
“During the three days of the operation, I realised that drivers are adhering to the speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour (km/h). Only 30 were fined, and the highest speed was 155km/h,” he noted.
He explained that unlike normal police road operations, special road operations are effective as the roadblocks are placed after every 25 kilometres, and more officials are also on duty.
“During normal operations, speeding fines are between 80 to 100 in three days, but now we only had 30, meaning there is a big change,” Muenjo said.
Only two drunken driving cases were recorded during the recent special operations carried out by the Karas/Hardap Regional Joint Traffic Law-Enforcement Committee.
The committee was formed in December 2010 with the aim of addressing accidents on southern regional roads.