Deceased Sumeer Maharaj seen with his brother Akheel in happier times

Blue Lagoon hit and run driver, Kearadilwe Refilwe Modise Moloto (29), who ploughed into a group of Phoenix friends claiming two lives on the onramp to the Ruth First M4 Northern Freeway on 18 May 2016, will have to wait till next month to know what punishment will be meted out to her.

Appearing in the Durban Regional Court yesterday, Modise-Moloto, waited anxiously to know her fate but the case was provisionally remanded to 2 May 2018 as the magistrate was unwell.

Sumeer Maharaj (26) and Pravin Mahabir (25), were both killed whilst friend, Junaid Singh, survived the accident.

Modise-Moloto hit the young men and drove off on that tragic Wednesday evening. Maharaj died at the scene and Mahabir passed on in hospital. The friends were killed while helping Singh change a flat tyre on May 18, 2016, whilst their cars were parked in the emergency lane on the M4 north, near the Blue Lagoon on-ramp. Modise-Moloto struck them with her black Kia.

Speaking to The Phoenix Tabloid, Naseema Maharaj, grief-stricken mother of Sumeer Maharaj, said she is fed up with the delays. “I empathise with the magistrate, however, my family and I want closure with this case. The accused was in court and appearedunremorseful. I am praying for a heavy sentence for the accused. There must be no parole.”

Moloto allegedly did not stop after the accident. She is accused of filing a false accident report and attempted to have the car repaired. The vehicle was taken to a local panel beater who recognized it from media reports which publicized the hunt
for the runaway driver at the time. He immediately contacted the police.

Moloto was found guilty on two counts of culpable homicide and failing to stop at an accident scene.