Pedestrian dies in hospital after being hit by car

Pedestrian dies in hospital after being hit by car

A pedestrian died in hospital after he was struck by a light motor vehicle on Tuesday on Malibongwe Road in Dunoon in the Western Cape.

PEDESTRIAN’S BODY FOUND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

ER24 paramedics and the Milnerton Fire Services arrived at 15h37 to find the man in his 30s lying in the middle of the road.

“The car that struck the man was parked a few metres away.”

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

The man was assessed by medics and found in a critical condition, having sustained numerous injuries.

Meiring said the man was treated and provided with advanced life support before being transported to Groote Schuur Hospital for urgent care.

“Unfortunately, after some time in hospital, the man succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead.”

Meiring said.

MAN CRITICALLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY TAXI

In a separate incident on Tuesday morning, a man in his 40s was left critically injured after being struck by a taxi on Koeburg Road in Milnerton, Western Cape.

ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene around 07:20 to find the Milnerton Fire Services already in attendance.

“On closer inspection, medics found a man in the middle of the road. The taxi that had struck the man was parked on the side of the road.”

Meiring said.

Medics assessed the man and found that he had sustained a serious head injury, leaving him in a critical condition.

The man was treated and provided with life support before being transported to Groote Schuur Hospital for urgent care.

Meiring said the driver of the taxi, fortunately, escaped injury.

Local authorities were on both accident scenes for further investigations.

SAFETY TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

With pedestrian accidents a major concern on South African roads, Arrive Alive shared the following advice:

  • Always obeying road signs and traffic lights (robots).
  • Encouraging the wearing of lightly coloured and high visibility, reflective clothing.
  • Warning about the dangers of distracted walking in traffic.
  • Not walking on the road but the pavement. If there is no pavement, walk as near to the edge as possible, facing the oncoming traffic.
  • Avoiding roads at all times when intoxicated.
  • When crossing the road and there is a pedestrian bridge, use it, even if it means walking further.
  • Never cross the road without looking both ways, and check that there is no traffic before crossing the road.
  • Never assume that you have been seen – many disturbances might attract the attention of the motorist, including a low sun in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Be wary. Most drivers are nice people but don’t count on them paying attention.
  • Watch out – make eye contact to be sure they see you!
  • Do not walk and stop halfway across the road – remain beside the road until both lanes are clear for you to cross safely.

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