KILLER KOMBI DRIVER NABBED | A TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD kombi driver who knocked down a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident in Mazowe last Friday was arrested by police officers manning a checkpoint.
The driver, whose name was still being withheld, was nabbed on Sunday at the 30km peg along Harare-Mukumbura Road by traffic police officers who were on traffic enforcement duties.Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the arrest and warned drivers who do not report to police after being involved in accidents.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the arrest of a 28-year-old Guruve man who was involved in a hit-and-run fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 17km peg along Harare-Mukumbura Road near Mazowe on 18 August 2017 where one person was killed.
“We have noted with concern the increase in the number of hit and run accidents occurring on our roads these days. Drivers have lost conscience and respect for human life as evidenced by failure to stop after road traffic accidents, let alone checking on the condition of victims to render assistance,” she said.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said on Sunday, police officers who were on traffic enforcement duties at the 30km peg along the Harare-Mukumbura road stopped the suspect who was driving a commuter omnibus and inspected the vehicle.
“The police officers then discovered that the missing left side of the bumper matched a piece of a bumper which was being held at the police station as an exhibit of a hit and run accident leading to the arrest of the suspect,” she said.
She said the incident reveals the extent of gross disrespect for the sanctity of human life and total disregard of road rules and regulations by some drivers.
Police warned motorists to desist from speeding off after being involved in any accidents. “Drivers are also urged to exercise extreme caution especially during the night. The Zimbabwe Republic Police will not rest until we account for all drivers who commit such heinous acts and disappear.
“We are appealing to members of the public to come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of errant drivers who do not report road traffic accidents. The public should also report people who repair cars without police reports,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.