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Woman dies in tragic pothole accident

HOLES EVERYWHERE: Potholes along Sehitwa-Shakawe road

A 43-year-old woman died from road accident injuries after the car she was travelling in hit a gaping pothole, along Sehitwa-Habu road and ejected her as it overturned.

Sehitwa police Station Commander, Nshaki Mabophiwa, said the woman was confirmed dead upon arrival at Letsholathebe Memorial Hospital in Maun.

“She was rushed to the clinic in Sehitwa where she was immediately rushed to Letsholathebe hospital in Maun,” explained Mabophiwa.

The 27-year-old driver who is the victim’s nephew gave her a ride from Habu on that fateful Saturday afternoon.

“The trip, from what we were told, started in Nokaneng village with the driver and one passenger, a 37-year-old woman who is an aunt to the male driver. The two then picked the now late aunt along the way, in Habu village. According to the driver, somewhere between Sehithwa and Tsau villages the car hit a pothole and he lost control of the car as it overturned.”

The accident is said to have occurred at around 4 p.m.

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The other passenger has since been rushed to Nyangabwe Referal Hospital in Francistown where she is recovering while the driver is reportedly nursing body pains.

Besides potholes, Mabophiwa explained, there are other obstacles that can cause accidents on the roads, including livestock and wildlife especially along the A3 road which is near Lake Ngami. “These animals cross the road every now and then to drink from Lake Ngami,” Mabophiwa gave a general advice to road users.

He explained that the Saturday accident was the first fatal accident recorded by his police station since the beginning of the year and that last year they recorded two fatalities.

“Last year we recorded 1484 cases of over speeding but from January to March we have charged 84 motorists for over speeding. During the same period we have charged 149 motorists who were driving without driver’s licences compared to the 242 charged in 2020 from January until December of the same year.”

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