Hit-and-run driver held for cyclist’s death
Cape Town - The hit-and-run driver who allegedly killed Cape Town cycling champ Dr Koos Roux 10 days ago has been arrested.
Roux was killed in a hit-and-run on Bottelary Road in Brackenfell on May 12, while on an early-morning ride with his son, Kobus, a student at Stellenbosch University.
Police this morning said a 51-year-old Brackenfell man had turned himself in to police shortly before 10am - after police had tracked him down.
“He was on the run, lying low, but the detective work continued,” police spokes-man Andre Traut said.
“The vehicle involved in the incident, a VW Polo Classic, was confiscated and will be examined. The circumstances surrounding the matter are still under investigation.”The suspect will appear in court once he has been charged, Traut said.
Roux’s son said at the time: “We were hit from behind. I was in the air… then on the ground. I got up and looked at my dad, he was not moving.” They had been riding within the yellow line.
Roux senior was well-known in cycling circles and sources told the Cape Argus on Wednesday that a number of people had, in the past 10 days, ensured that various leads were passed on to police investigators.
Roux was a national cycling champion - having won a gold in his age-group at the SA national track champs in 2011.
* The identity of the 31-year-old cyclist killed in Durbanville on Tuesday, in a collision involving a Golden Arrow Bus, was being withheld until his next-of-kin had been located, police said this on Tuesday morning.