Speed humps could have prevented this…

Eileen van der Schyff

Residents of Narraville in Walvis Bay say they have been ignored in their plight for speed humps in the suburb’s Fire Fish Street. Now tragedy struck. A 29-year old man knocked down a 15-year old boy in Fire Fish Street in a red Volkswagen Polo on Monday.  

Loved ones of the victim say speeding caused the accident. Speed calming mechanisms, like speed humps, can bring an end to regular speeding in Fire Fish Street, they argue. One resident who spoke to namib times earlier this week called in the incident “a tragedy, as this could have been prevented”. Others said it is important to bring traffic safety education back to schools, for children to learn the basics of how to safely cross a street etc. This specific person made reference to the “Daantjie Kat” road safety campaign.

According to a police report, the victim Bradley Krohne (15) was crossing the street on Monday when the car knocked him down. He was rushed to the Walvis Bay state hospital, but due to the severity of his injuries he was transferred to the Katutura Hospital in Windhoek where he receives medical treatment.

Relatives remain highly concerned over his medical condition and say they were left both traumatised and very frustrated at this incident that could have been prevented if there were speed humps in Fire Fish Street.

“Must we wait for someone to be killed or for yet another serious injury before the speeding problem is addressed”, fumed another one resident.

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