Five cyclists injured in M4 hit-and-run accident
Durban - Five cyclists from the Batsalani Cycling Club were injured on Sunday in an M4 cycling accident when the driver of a light motor vehicle hit one of the riders and then fled.
SAPS Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane confirmed that a case of reckless and negligent driving had been opened at the Durban North police station.
“It is alleged that a group of cyclists were travelling along the M4 northbound when an unknown motor vehicle knocked one of the group, who fell, causing other cyclists to collide with each other. The vehicle did not stop after the accident,” said Zwane.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics responded to the scene at the M4 northbound between the M41 off-ramp and the uMhlanga off-ramp just before 8am, where they found five men with moderate injuries.
“They were treated on scene by advanced life-support paramedics, and once stabilised, the patients were transported to hospital for further treatment,” he said.
Aroon Patel, the chairperson of the eThekwini Cycle Safe Forum and a committee member of the Cycle Specialists Club, said the cyclists were doing a training ride when a car rode too close to them. “The driver must have known that he or she bumped someone because the side mirror of the car broke in the process, so the cyclist was hit quite hard,” said Patel.
He said he was concerned that the driver did not stop. “There is no doubt that they knew that they hit somebody,” he said.
He said the cyclists suffered bad bruising, cuts, broken bones and dislocations.
Earlier this year, 33-year-old Phoenix plumber Omesh Ramnarain was convicted on two counts of culpable homicide for the deaths of two cyclists, Jarred Dwyer and Richard da Silva, on the M4 in 2016 and was sentenced to five years in jail for each count.