A five-month-old baby girl will never know the love of her beloved dad, Kenny Govender of Clayfield, who has been deprived of the privilege of raising his baby daughter after he was killed in a callous hit and run accident on the R102 between Verulam and Phoenix on Thursday.
Govender, together with two pedestrians were fatally rammed by an elusive driver. Little is known about the two deceased pedestrians whilst social media was abuzz with condolences for the Govender family who laid their beloved Kenny to rest on Saturday. Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) response and medical teams responded to the scene after receiving a barrage of
calls for assistance at the accident
RUSA head, Prem Balram, said, “Upon arrival, paramedics found an extensively damaged black Kia Rio vehicle lying on the side of the road. A passenger seated in the front seat was found to be bleeding profusely. He died on scene minutes later. Two pedestrians were found in a ditch on the opposite side of the road. Both men suffered life threatening injuries and were declared deceased.
The driver of the Kia was treated and transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.
According to two women who witnessed the accident, a second grey vehicle had ploughed into the pedestrians, collided into the Kia Rio and then drove away from the scene. No further details of the vehicle was immediately available. According to the witness, the vehicle that fled the scene had damages to the rear and front of the body.”
A manhunt for the runaway driver is underway as police investigate the triple culpable homicide and look to bring the driver to book and face the consequences of his deadly actions.
Speaking to The Phoenix Tabloid, a relative of the deceased Govender, who wished to remain anonymous, said the father of two worked for a plant company and was returning home after work when tragedy struck. “Kenny’s wife and seven-year-old daughter together with the rest of his family are shattered. Kenny loved his wife, children, siblings and other family members dearly. We are heartbroken. When he left for work on Thursday morning, Kenny was in good spirits.
It never dawned on us that that he will not be returning home. We miss him tremendously. It
is so distressing that he will never see his baby grow up,” said the emotional relative.
Only survivor of the fatal accident, Ajith Beharee (47), of Verulam, who was driving the black
Kia Rio when the deadly accident occurred, sustained critical injuries and is currently in a stable condition in the intensive care unit at hospital. Speaking to The Phoenix Tabloid, Beharee’s sister, Henna Premlall, said her brother was unaware of Govender’s death and kept asking if Govender was injured. “This accident was a senseless tragedy that snuffed out three lives. Kenny and my brother were returning from work. My family attended Kenny’s funeral and it was heartbreaking. We are grateful that my brother survived but we feel pain and grief for the families who lost their loved ones in the hit and run accident,” Premlall said.
She added, “The driver who caused this accident which took three lives needs to come forward and hand himself to the police. We want justice to be served. In March 2001, we lost two brothers in one accident. When my sister called from the accident scene, it was a feeling of history about to repeat itself, and we were so afraid that we were going to lose Ajith too. He has a wife and two daughters who need him. My parents would have been devastated as well. The families of the deceased need justice to prevail.”
KZN VIP Medics and Response were also on scene and spokesman, Romano Naidoo, said, “It was carnage. Emergency personnel were quickly on scene and assisting with the deceased and the injured. KZN VIP Medics together with RUSA Medical Team and Netcare 911 paramedics began stabilisation on the patient who sustained life-threatening injuries. Advanced Life Support Intervention was needed. The patient’s condition deteriorated rapidly after he was removed from the vehicle and he was stabilised through the expertise of Netcare 911’s Gary Paul and rushed to hospital. Regarding the two pedestrians, it is believed that they hailed from the Parkgate area but little else is known about them.”
Traffic was severely affected in the area as authorities attempted to maintain order on the roads. Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, said, “On 30 August 2018 at about 4pm, a vehicle allegedly crashed onto another vehicle veering it off the road and it crashed into two pedestrians on the R102 highway and sped off. Two pedestrians were found dead in the ditch and the passenger died at the scene where as the driver sustained injuries. A case of culpable homicide was opened at Verulam police station for investigation. The fled driver is still sought by police.”