A nursing mother and her four- months old baby were killed when a suspected drunken driver plowed into their house on Saturday night.
The 28- year- old mother of twins was sleeping in her bedroom with her children, Katlo and Catalog, in the mining town of Selebi-Phikwe when a Toyota Camry crashed into her living room and went out through the bedroom, running over the sleeping family and demolishing part of the house.
The surviving twin was on Wednesday fighting for his life in hospital while the woman’s husband and father of the boys, escaped unharmed as he was in the kitchen eating his late supper when tragedy struck.
The driver of the Camry was also not injured in the freak accident.
Selibi-Phikwe police station commander, Victor Nlebesi said that although the driver of the Toyota Camry was suspected to be drunk because of his uncoordinated movement and slurred speech at the time,he refused to be tested for alcohol presence in his blood.
“The young man who is scheduled to appear in court on Friday did not admit charges. He also didn’t seem to have understood the gravity of the accident he has caused, perhaps because we have not yet had a chance to take him to the scene where an angry crowd has been gathering everyday threatening to lynch him.”
Nlebesi went on to appeal to drivers in Phikwe to drive carefully to avoid causing accidents. This year alone Selebi-Phikwe has recorded 14 fatal accidents since January and five of those were committed in the month of June, which coincided with the mine’s final gratuity payouts that have been happening as the copper and nickel mine transitions from the gratuity system to a pension system.