Greener pastures not so green for Lesotho man
by NATHI TAFENI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News / APA) – A Lesotho man’s search for greener pastures in South Africa nearly ended in tragedy on his second day in the neighbouring country after he was knocked down by an overspeeding car.
Rabayi Skalina, on his way to what he anticipated to be his first day at work, was struck day down by a VW Polo during morning traffic along Corlett Drive in Melrose, Johannesburg.
CAJ News witnessed the crash that left the Lesotho national with serious head injuries and broken limbs.
According to traffic officers who arrived moments at the scene, the lady driver was driving at 100 km/hour at a 70km/hour zone.
Such was the impact of the crash Skalina, whose age could not be ascertained, was knocked from the fast lane flung up the air and landed on the other pavement landing awkwardly.
“I had just parked my car at our offices that are adjacent to the scene. The next minute I turned and saw a man airborne like a bird and he landed headfirst on the tarmac,” said a witness.
A friend said Skalina was trailing behind a group of colleagues travelling to work and carelessly crossed the road to catch up with them.
The driver spotted him too late to stop.
Paramedics took over 30 minutes to arrive at the scene.
They found Skalina unconscious with witnesses angered by the “delay” fearing he had died.
He was resuscitated and rushed to Johannesburg General Hospital.
Residents described the area along Corlett Drive where the crash happened as an accident hotspot.
“There is a crèche nearby yet drivers are ignant of the speed limit. They are always in a hurry and on the run. Something like that was bound to happen,” said a woman.
– CAJ News / APA
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