A well-known KZN resident was killed after he jumped from a moving taxi on Wednesday morning.
THE WELL-KNOWN KZN RESIDENT WAS DECLARED DEAD ON THE SCENE
According to Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram, the incident happened around 06:07.
“The 40-year-old Shalen Panday, popularly known as PJ, was killed after he jumped from an out-of-control taxi that experienced brake failure on Softwood Crescent in Trenance Park – KZN this morning.”
Balram said residents contacted Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) at approximately 06:07 after the Toyota Hiace taxi crashed into a metal barrier.
“On arrival, Panday was found lying on the road bleeding excessively from an injury to his head. He was declared deceased by paramedics from a private ambulance service.”
‘THE BRAKES OF THE MINIBUS FAILED’
Balram furthermore said it was established that the brakes on the minibus failed when Panday opened the sliding door and attempted to jump to safety; however, he struck the metal barrier with his head.
“The driver informed Reaction Officers that he advised Panday not to jump as he attempted to bring the vehicle to a stop. The conductor fled the scene following the accident.”
He said Panday was employed as a bus driver at Seven Tours.
IN AN UNRELATED KZN SHOOTING A MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED
Meanwhile, on Tuesday evening, an employee of Hollywood Bets was shot dead while dropping off staff in Mawothi in KZN
“The 30-year-old was dropping off staff in the area when an unknown number of suspects approached the fully branded Toyota Avanza. The driver attempted to reverse when the gunmen opened fire. He was shot in the body and head.
“The robbers then accosted the three passengers and robbed them of their valuables before fleeing,” Balram said.
He said RUSA received a call for assistance from the scene at approximately 21:37.
Reaction Officers and RUSA paramedics were dispatched and, on arrival, found that the South African Police and a Private Ambulance Service were in attendance.
It was confirmed that the driver was fatally injured in the shooting.
The three other occupants in the vehicle were not injured.