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A Benoni woman abandoned on the Bapsfontein Road by her drunk husband hitched a lift, only to find herself passing the wreckage of his bakkie with their seriously injured toddler son inside, Ekurhuleni metro police said.
The man, 43, tossed his wife, 37, out of the vehicle after an argument about the speed at which he was driving, Ekurhuleni metro police spokesperson Inspector Mveli Nhlapo said on Sunday.
They had been on their way home to Crystal Park, Benoni, from a visit to family in Bronkhorstspruit.
She stood at the side of the road as he sped off, drunk, with their son, 3.
A while later she got a lift, but stopped the driver when they passed what she thought was the wreckage of her husband's Toyota Hilux bakkie, said Nhlapo.
The man had lost control of the vehicle and it had overturned several times, he said.
Both he and his son were seriously injured.
They were taken to Temba hospital, near Hammanskraal, but the man was transferred to Pretoria Academic hospital when his condition worsened. The child is stable.
Nhlapo said a case of reckless or negligent driving was being investigated.