KNOCK DOWN ROBBERY: Driver hits pedestrian, robs her of $30

Onlookers at the scene of the crash where the driver of a Mazda Atenza rammed into a house after knocking down a pedestrian  in Sizinda, Bulawayo, yesterday (Picture by Fortunate Muzarabani)

Onlookers at the scene of the crash where the driver of a Mazda Atenza rammed into a house after knocking down a pedestrian in Sizinda, Bulawayo, yesterday (Picture by Fortunate Muzarabani)

Andile Tshuma, Chronicle Reporter
A BULAWAYO woman’s legs were mangled after a car hit her resulting in her landing on the bonnet of the same vehicle which then ploughed into a precast wall before ramming into a lounge of a house in Sizinda suburb yesterday afternoon.

Onlookers screamed in terror as the woman, identified as Mrs Lestina Tshuma, clung precariously to the Mazda Atenza vehicle, which appeared to be trying to shake her off as it went into the house.

The vehicle, witnesses said, failed to negotiate a corner and hit Mrs Tshuma as she was walking by the roadside about to enter her home.

To add salt to injury, the driver of the car and his passengers allegedly robbed her of $30 when they thought she was dead.

Good Samaritans who called an ambulance fought the driver and tried to snatch the woman’s money from his clutches.

The notes were torn to pieces during the scuffle.

The name of the driver could not be established at the time of going to Press but he is said to be a resident of Sizinda suburb.

An angry mob wanted to mete instant justice on the robber-cum-motorist but a swift reaction from the police saved him from being assaulted.

The woman whose house was damaged by the vehicle, said she still cannot believe she was almost hit by a car in her living room.

“I was just sitting in my living room reading a newspaper while my children were watching TV. Suddenly, ngizwe into ethi gqi (heard a loud bang). The next thing, I saw a black car parked inside my lounge. I cannot even describe what I felt or what I thought as the car was just inches away from one of the children,” said the woman who only identified herself as Ms Bitu.

One of her children said the incident was like a clip taken off a 3D movie as it was unbelievable.

“I still cannot believe it. I have never seen such a thing. It is just by God’s grace that we survived. It is just sad however, that our neighbour was seriously injured,” she said.

When The Chronicle arrived at the scene, the car was still at the spot, with half of it still stuck in the house.

It had destroyed a huge chunk of the wall and rubble of concrete and broken glass was strewn all over the place.

An unconscious Mrs Tshuma had already been rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital in an ambulance following the accident which occured at around 3pm.

Pieces of flesh from her body were still on the ground.

A vendor who has a stall just a few metres away from the accident scene said the driver of the black Mazda Atenza did not stop after hitting the woman but instead accelerated.

“After knocking that woman, he tried to flee but she clung onto the bonnet, he accelerated assuming that she would fall from the bonnet but he failed to negotiate a sharp turn and ploughed into the precast wall before smashing into the house with her still on the bonnet. She is lucky to be alive,” said a vendor who only identified herself as MaBanda.

Police from Western Commonage Traffic section attended the scene and arrested the driver.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango could not be reached for comment.

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  • Mthwakazi

    This motorist had to be driving at 150km/hr to destroy 2 wall structures back to back. I can’t even wrap my mind let alone fathom the condition of the woman that was hit. By the account of witnesses it looks like both of her legs would have to be amputated. This is the result of people who buy licences and have no clue of what the highway code is.

    • Ndlovu4482

      Probable the driver was drunk, and he was never conscious of what he was doing. After such a horrific accident how can you go on to rob the victim? Sad

      • Pink Boy

        Hayi iaccident yenzakele sihbili kodwa utshwala singabuqambeli amanga. ngabe bekuyibo ebeyahle ebesober ngesikhathi emtshaya okokuqala sibili. phela utshwala labo kabuwathandi amap-roblems bujayele ukubaleka masekune zinkinga

  • GodlwayoOkaMahlabayithwale

    U driver wakhona ngabona uvela eMpumalanga

    • Robert Mangamela

      Very silly and irresponsible comment. You must be related somehow to the nauseating bigot who calls himself Phaqa.

      • GodlwayoOkaMahlabayithwale

        Ukhulumani lawe buyela kini

  • Brutal Truth

    Andile Tshuma you write like a grade 7 penning an English composition.Do you have to spice up the witnesses’ testimonies with your own salt & pepper exaggerations like mention of 3D Movies etc.Report facts,that is all we want.

    • Alson C’ka Mlambo

      I was not there wen it happened but she give a good account. now I noe how everyone feels or felt. U are just a hater mhlobo. Good write, this was

      • Pink Boy

        true that. the writer actually gave us a vivid picture of what really transpired. i dnt see any problem too

      • Brutal Truth

        There is a big difference between a newspaper article and a magazine story.If you dont understand that simple fact go back to school

      • Brutal Truth

        There is a big difference between a newspaper article and a magazine story.If you dont understand that simple fact go back to school,,There is too much intrusion into the witnesses’ accounts by the reporter which is very irritating to some of us

    • Pink Boy

      aahhh but does that matter really

      • Brutal Truth

        not when you’re an ignorant idiot

        • Pink Boy

          oh ok, i see wiseman

    • musa

      forgive her, maybe she is used to writing for b-metro

      • Roscoe

        Hahaha

  • Max

    And the next thing you will see such a driver back on the road again. Zim law.

  • xhiba

    the driver should be jailed for these crimes

  • God of War

    Attempted murder and attempted robbery must be the charges that this driver must face. People are now so inhumane.

  • #19

    “Car parked insoie my lounge” ungaphi umduli odilikileyo?

  • Markanics

    A small section of the front bumper does not constitute half the vehicle, so do not tell us that half of it (car) was still stuck in the house. Neither was it parked inside the lounge. Your photographic evidence above proves otherwise.

  • Markanics

    A small portion of the front bumper does not constitute half of the vehicle, so don’t tell us that half of it (car) was still stuck in the house. Neither was the car parked in the lounge. Your photographic evidence proves otherwise.