Teacher gravely injured as vehicle ploughs into group of cyclists on C14

Nampol Head of Operations Division Deputy Commissioner Tobi Gerber also among cyclists who were injured.
A teacher of the Walvis Bay Private High School, Miss Ané Hanekom, remains in a critical yet stable condition in the high care unit of the Welwitschia Private Hospital, after she and two fellow cyclists were hit by a vehicle on the C14 road near the harbour town on Tuesday evening. The two other cyclists who were injured are Deputy Commissioner Tobi Gerber, and the shore skipper of Hangana Seafood Processors Mr Eugene Louw.
Gerber suffered a shoulder injury and cuts in the accident and Louw suffered facial injuries and a bruised lung. Miss Hanekom sustained head injuries and is kept in a medically induced coma to assist in her healing.
News of the accident left the Walvis Bay community in shock, but also with a high degree of frustration as vehicle accidents continue unabated to deliver injury, loss of life and despair to Namibians countrywide.
Hanekom and Gerber were practising for the upcoming Desert Dash cycling event, but their plans were now cut short thanks to the accident.
The incident took place just before 18:00 on the C14 route between the Walvis Bay weighbridge at the new Narraville-C14 T-junction. The cyclists were riding out towards Dune 7. It is believed the driver of the vehicle became confused with the pattern of the oncoming lights and was startled when he recognised the oncoming cyclists. He stepped on his vehicle’s brakes and lost control of the vehicle, allegedly hitting the three cyclists.
Emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene immediately and the injured were transported to Welwitchia Hospital.
∙At the time of going to press it was yet to be determined whether criminal charges would follow against the driver of the vehicle.

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