Cop ‘causes’ crash: ‘Pulls’ handbrake of speeding Honda Fit

By Prince Sunduzani

EIGHT people were seriously injured after a police officer allegedly pulled the handbrake of a speeding pirate taxi causing a pile up involving three vehicles in Bulawayo yesterday.

8 people were injured after a police officer pulled the handbreak of a moving honda fit causing the driver to lose control,ramming into two cars at the intersection of Nketa drive and Khami road yesterday morning.(Picture by Prince Sunduzani)

Witnesses said the police officer was among the injured while his female colleague fled to the nearby Mabutweni Police Station as morning rush hour commuters bayed for her blood.The accident happened at about 8.30AM at the robot-controlled intersection of Khami road and Nketa Drive in Mpopoma suburb.They said the red pirate Honda Fit vehicle skidded across the wet tarmac and slammed into a Toyota Corolla before careening off into a head-on collision with a truck.

Mr Raymond Chinyama, who witnessed the accident, said there was a deafening bang as the city centre-bound Corolla flew into the air before crashing to the ground about 10 metres from the point of impact.

Four people in the Honda Fit, including the driver, all three people in the Corolla and the driver of the truck were rushed to hospital.

Acting Bulawayo chief fire Officer Mr Linos Phiri said the injured were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital.He urged the police to be careful when dealing with pirate Honda fit drivers as they usually exhibit behaviour which leads to accidents.

Commuters who were waiting for Kombis scurried for cover as debris from the crashes showered the area.“I had never seen anything like that in my life. It seemed as if I was watching a movie. I saw a speeding Honda fit approaching the robots, all of a sudden it started skidding then rammed into a Corolla. The Corolla flew into the air and landed on its wheels,” said Mr Chinyama.

“People scattered in all directions to safety. I ran to the Honda Fit which was the most damaged to try and help the passengers out. There was also a possibility of a fire breaking out.”

A passenger in the Honda Fit said the police officer and his female colleague posed as commuters and got into the pirate taxi.

The passenger said when the car was in motion, the cops told the driver he was under arrest and ordered him to drive to Mabutweni Police Station.

“Instead, the driver accelerated towards a red robot. The male cop who was seated in the front passenger seat screamed in terror and grabbed the handbrake,” said the passenger who still appeared dazed.

An onlooker said the vehicle skidded across the rain-drenched road as passengers screamed at the top of their voices.

“When the dust settled, the female cop staggered to the roadside and her male colleague lay motionless on the road. Angry fuel vendors beseiged the female cop and she dashed to the safety of the police station which is a few metres from the scene,” said the witness.A police officer who was at the scene and spoke on condition of anonymity said contrary to what other witnesses were saying, the Honda fit driver ran a red robot and he suspects the cop pulled the handbrake to avoid a collision.

The Chronicle observed angry residents hurling obscenities at the injured police officer who was still lying on the ground.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi could not be drawn to comment on the issue, saying he did not have the facts.

“I cannot comment on that issue as I do not have the facts. Can you get back to the Bulawayo police spokesperson. Currently I’m not aware of that issue and I can’t answer, sorry,” he said. The Chronicle

  • Police don act as crimnals .

  • This cop deserves death sentence. What a dare devil he is, had I been there I would have squeezed life out of him.

  • So this cop was driving the taxi 🚕 he must loose his license and most importantly his job

  • They don’t act as criminals but there very stupid. From spikes to screen smashing now it’s handbrake.

  • Vari kuponda vanhu,nekubira vanhu havasi kuda kuvabata,take take nevarikuzvitsvagira mari,& vari kuita basa risingasvibise dhorobha ,ngaatorerwe bhareta

    • Vanhu vamuri kuti havasi kubatwa ndovazere mumajere now

  • That is the problem of making every cop a traffick officer some don’t even understand how these vehicles work, besides bad roads the other major cause of accidents in our country is police.

  • Mxxxxxxm chihuri’s dogs

  • Accidents do happen

  • Obey laws always

    • Ndiwe wataurawo zvirinane

    • That doesn’t warrant the police to be babaric. And are you saying those who were injured are the ones who didn’t obey the laws.

    • Kana musingazive nyararai, hapana mutemo unoti munhu kana asungwa anofanira kutiza nemupurisa, and hapana mutemo unoti munhu anofanira kupinda red robot, I don’t see where police became barbaric

      • Grayi SekuruWatina

        Do you know the impact or repurcations of pulling a handbrake for a car in motion. That is sheer stupidity and lack of driving knowledge…..he was no supposed to have done than….he should have called for back up to help stop the car….

      • Grayi SekuruWatina

        I doubt you have knowledge of the highway code…noone but the driver has the right to all controls in the car…..under such no matter how entitled the officer felt he had no right to access any controls of that vehicle…..

    • Nhai Prince hausi kuona kuti his action harmed innocent people he was not supposed to do that. Safety first hama

    • The one akasungwa ndiye akakonzeresa zvichida police yakamut handei pacentral iye kwakuramba akati tasa

    • Prince Mduduzi ksumudzaka kwakaita hand brake ndokupenga ikoko

  • Slowly becoming a banana republic

  • Arrest and detained

  • These trafic officers are watching too much of fast and furious

  • Death penalty will do

  • And he WL walk free nxa

  • Vanoda kumbo rova

  • liyahlanya leliphoyisa abaqale ngalo ngesgwebo sentambo nxahhh.

  • liyahlanya leliphoyisa abaqale ngalo ngesgwebo sentambo nxahhh.

  • yaah to much fast and furious

  • But y sure

  • kkkkkkk mapurisa kkkkk tinemapurisa here muno

  • Officer ngaabatwe nxaa

  • Driver wetaxi angodii kumira rather than kuitisa zvakadai! Driver anokonzeresavo!!

  • Immm wats happening to iur police traffic officers should mane the roadblocks not just any police detail surely no normal person will pull a handbrake of a vehicle in motion haaaaaaaa

  • Vanoda kurohwa why not take number plate and then report your case later panekukwadzisa vanhu. It shows that they were not trained professionally

  • Those danda heads possing as they even know how to drive..

  • It’s only in Zimbabwe were u have traffic cops that don’t have driving licences …

  • Kupusa kwevanhu uko vaiteyi muhonda fit inokwana vanhu 4

  • Mwari pindirai

  • ndini ndamubataa