Night out ends in tragedy

Early morning accident claims life of popular young man

Isaac Chikosi

A 27-year old man died in a car crash in Swakopmund early on Sunday, leading to the arrest for manslaughter of a close friend who drove the vehicle. Nehl Germishuys died when the vehicle driven by 26-year old Jacues Stadler overturned and hit a brick wall.
Stadler was arrested and made a first appearance in the Swakopmund magistrate’s court on charges of culpable homicide, reckless negligent driving and drunken driving.
The duo, who were described yesterday as best friends, were on their way home from Vintage Club at Swakopmund when the fatal accident occurred at around 03:00.
According to Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba at the Walvis Bay Police public affairs division, the accident involving a silver Opel Corsa (N91316W) occurred in Nelson Mandela Street.
The accident in the meantime also prompt-ed the Namibian Police in Erongo to warn motorists against drunken driving. The high accident- and death rate leaves no doubt that drunken driving is a high risk for accidents, causing death, serious injuries and often life-long physical disability.
The owners of liquor outlet like bars, taverns and pubs are also warned against serving patrons whom they know are over the limit and who pose high risk of engaging in drunken driving.

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