02 September, 2010
Drunk Driver Crashes car into resident's balcony
By: Nqobile Buthelezi
A Ford Lazer has been seriously damaged after it collided with a Toyota Tazz at the corner of Beaufort and Hill Street. The accident happened at 8:10pm, after the Ford Lazer driver crossed a red robot, hitting the Tazz on the left headlights. On impact, the Ford Lazer then swivelled across the road where it hit a resident's balcony wall and overturned. The car landed between the wall and a tree.
The drunken Ford Laser driver, unnamed so far, has suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to Settlers Hospital.
Eye witness, John McDonald of High Tech, said the Ford Laser driver appeared intoxicated. "He was cut badly in his head and he tried to run away, but luckily we got him," McDonald said.
Seemingly traumatised, house owner, Petra Horner, watched behind her door barricades and damaged balcony as the car got towed away. The Horner family was having supper when the ordeal happened. "The whole house was shaking," said Horner's husband, Terry.
Neighbour, Jackie Brits, of Epworth Courts, says she heard an eerie screeching sound whilst standing by her balcony. "I saw the car mid-air, slunting up. It wasn't on the ground when it the wall," Brits testified.
"Luckily, nobody was injured in the Tazz," said McDonald, clarifying that accidents of this severity are not common on this side of town.
The South African Police Service could not comment if charges were laid against the Ford Laser driver, since they arrived late at the scene.