Swedish teen killed in T’View

Netwerk24 article by Monique duVal

Local crime fighters have expressed their shock at the release of a 28-year-old Table View man accused of culpable homicide after he drove into a group of friends in Arum Road, killing a teenager.

According to the police report the alleged drunk driver was speeding down Arum Road on Wednesday 14 December shortly after 21:00.

Police spokesperson Captain Adriana Chandler says the man hit a group of foreign nationals from various countries including Holland, Israel, Denmark and Sweden who were doing voluntary work in South Africa.

“When the officers from Table View Police Station arrived at the scene there were quite a number of medical emergency vehicles at the scene, tending to six people who sustained injuries during the accident.

According to an eyewitness a vehicle was driving at high speed down Arum Road and drove into the group of six people who were walking on the pavement.”

Chandler says a 19-year-old Swedish volunteer was killed in the incident and another female is currently in hospital.

“The deceased was from Sweden and his family had been notified of his death.”

The motorist appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was released on R5000 bail.

Chandler also says a Drager test was conducted on the motorist and the reading was 0.96 while the legal limit is 0.24.

“In addition he was taken to a state facility to have his blood taken,” Adriana says.

Table View Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson David Harris says they were shocked to learn that the man had been released.

“It is very shocking because at the end of the day a person is now dead. Can you imagine how that teen’s parents must feel getting this news from across the world? This is very tragic and we will be watching this case closely,” he says.