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A driver of a Toyota Surf was lucky to be alive after his vehicle was knocked down by a Honda Fit and landed on its roof at the intersection of JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday
A driver of a Toyota Surf was lucky to be alive after his vehicle was knocked down by a Honda Fit and landed on its roof at the intersection of JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday
A driver of a Toyota Surf was lucky to be alive after his vehicle was knocked down by a Honda Fit and landed on its roof at the intersection of JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday

A 27-YEAR-OLD Bulawayo man survived death by a whisker after a vehicle he was driving was hit by a Honda Fit, flew for several meters, before resting on its roof.

BY BENSON DUBE

The accident happened at the intersection of Joshua Nkomo Street and 11th Avenue yesterday.

Levi Young, the survivor, was driving a Toyota Surf coming from Zimbabwe Revenue Authority headed towards Belmont Industries when he was involved in the accident with the Honda Fit.

Precious Ndlovu (left)  and Liza Mabhikwa sit contamplatively at JMN Street and 10th Avenue intersection after surviving an accident of a Honda Fit and aToyota Surf  yesterday
Precious Ndlovu (left) and Liza Mabhikwa sit contamplatively at JMN Street and 11th Avenue intersection after surviving an accident of a Honda Fit and aToyota Surf yesterday

The Toyota was hit on the left side and went airborne – flying over another Honda Fit giving way to other motorists – before landing on its roof. The Honda had five passengers including a seven-month old baby. The driver of the Honda Fit ran away from the scene.

“All I recall is the car upside down. The Honda Fit came from my right side. It is my birthday today and I do not know what is going on,” Young told Southern Eye.

Levi Young smiles after surviving an accident in a Toyota Surf at intersection JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday
Levi Young smiles after surviving an accident in a Toyota Surf at intersection JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday

One of the passengers in the Honda Fit, Precious Ndlovu, said she boarded the vehicle at Pelandaba. Passengers had cautioned the driver against over speeding.

“The Honda Fit was coming from Pumula. I boarded it at Pelandaba and told him to reduce speed as he was driving fast. I doubt if he had a driver’s licence,” Ndlovu said.

People assist in turning over a Toyota that overturned and landed on its roof  at intersection of JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday
People assist in turning over a Toyota that overturned and landed on its roof at intersection of JM Nkomo St and 11th Avenue yesterday

An eye witness, Sidney Mhlanga, said he saw the Toyota flying over a Honda Fit and landing on its roof.

“I saw a car flying over a Honda Fit and it landed on its roof a few metres away,” Mhlanga said.

Accidents are becoming an eyesore in the Bulawayo central business district, despite speed limits that should normally apply to the city centre.