Two VW drivers appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday for crashes linked to the death of two cyclists on the M4 Ruth First Freeway on Sunday.
Omesh Ramnarain, 32, was charged with two counts of culpable homicide, one of driving under the influence of alcohol as well as reckless and negligent driving.
It is alleged Ramnarain was drunk and speeding in his black VW Golf V GTi when he crashed into two cyclists – Richard da Silva, 46, and Jared Dwyer, 36.
The pair were part of an 80km ride from Blue Lagoon northward when the Golf GTi crashed into them at about 5.10am.
They were flung 20m ahead of their 25-strong group. Both men died at the scene.
As police were securing the scene, a second black VW crashed into one of their vehicles.
The driver, 22-year-old Marcello Sonny, appeared in the Durban District Court on charges of driving under the influence, and reckless and negligent driving.
On MOnday, a nervous and emotional Ramnarain stood in the dock as his mother, who sat behind him in the front row of the court gallery with the rest of his family, sobbed uncontrollably.
Ramnarain also began to weep soon after photographers began taking pictures of him.
Prosecutor Thulani Mavundla told magistrate Vanitha Armu that the State did not oppose bail and suggested an amount of R10 000, with the condition he reported once a week to the Phoenix police station.
Ramnarain’s attorney, Devin Moodley, read his client’s affidavit in support of bail into the record and said the 32-year-old lived with his parents whom he supported on his salary as a plumber.
Moodley said R10 000 was an appropriate amount in the circumstances. Armu granted bail and adjourned the matter until March 30 for further investigation.
Mavundla said the post-mortem reports, witness statements and blood analysis were outstanding.
Both men were arrested by the Durban North police. Sonny was granted bail at the police station.