A week of pedestrian accidents

The City Police say this was a week filled with pedestrian accidents, caused mainly by moving vehicles under the control of inconsiderate and reckless drivers during peak hours.

Among the accidents, a fourth year University of Namibia (Unam) geology student died after he was struck by a train while crossing the railway track earlier last week.
A statement issued by City Police spokesperson Fabian Amukwelele said that according to witnesses, the deceased – identified as Elvan Ricardo – was crossing the railway line in the direction of Academia to Eros Airport when the accident happened.
“At the time the victim was crossing the rail, a boarding airplane was giving off excessive noise and it’s suspected the deceased failed to hear the noise coming from the train,” Amukwelele said.
In an unrelated matter, a 23-year-old man died after being run over by three vehicles last week. The accident happened on the Western Bypass. The deceased was identified as Joseph Amukoto and his next of kin have been informed.
In another incident, a Windhoek woman was robbed at gunpoint when she stopped her vehicle to assist four men who pretended to have mechanical problems with their car.
The woman was driving from Florence Nightingale Street onto the slipway of the Western Bypass when the four men alleged their vehicle had problems.
“Three of the four suspects then drove off with her past Katutura to the outskirts of Northern Industrial Area, where they robbed her of an iPhone 6, N$360 and four wedding rings.”
A case of armed robbery was registered by the victim the same day and police investigations continue.
“Members of the public are reminded to refrain from assisting or talking to random people while driving or in the car, and instead to call the police in the surrounding area for advice where there is an obstruction,” said Amukwelele.

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