Okashandja road crash death toll rises to eight

OSHAKATI: The death toll in the road crash which occurred between Ondangwa and Uukwiyuushona on Friday has risen to eight after one of the victims who was hospitalised, died on Monday.

This was confirmed by the Head of the Oshana Community Policing Sub-division, Inspector Thomas Aiyambo on Monday, who said the accident occurred at Okashandja village.

According to Aiyambo, it is alleged that the driver of a white Toyota pick-up with Ondangwa registration lost control of the vehicle before colliding head-on with a white Toyota Rush with Oshakati registration coming from the opposite direction.

‘Four people died on the spot, while seven others were initially rushed to the hospital, where four succumbed to their injuries,’ he said.

He added that the driver of the Toyota pickup, 66-year-old David Tomas, a resident of the Ekwatambwa village, died on the spot. The driver of the Toyota Rush, 46-year-old Aina Angaleni Iita, a resident of Oshakati, was seriously injured and admitted to the Onandjokwe hospital.

was later transferred to Ongwediva Medipark, where she passed away on Monday.

Among the seven passengers in the Toyota pickup, Jacob Petrus (73) and Teodor Akwaake (67) died on the spot, while Lea Lukas (63), Immanuel Johannes (35), and Festus Kondjeni (36) succumbed to their injuries later in the hospital.

Two other passengers, Sakaria Nafuka (39) and Tomas Sakaria (20), are admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.

Of the two passengers in the Toyota Rush, Nehale Toivo Nadhipite Amupolo (21) died on the spot, while Daniel Kateta (41) sustained serious injuries and was admitted to the hospital.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency