An entire family wiped out – how tragic. These were the words of a metro police official who directed the traffic on the N12 outside Lenasia, Johannesburg, after a shocking collision between two cars claimed the lives of six people.
The wreckage of at least two cars lay scattered across the highway on Saturday night (2 November) shortly after the two cars collided head-on.
The accident, described as high impact by metro police officials, happened around 20:00.
Those who died were Bilal Mohammed and his wife, Fatima, and their children, Nurain (2) and Adam (two months). Fatima’s brother, Ameen Jabaar, and his wife, Sumayya Omar, also lost their lives.
On Monday Mohammed Jabbar, a relative of Bilal and Fatima, told YOU the family were devastated by the loss of their loved ones and struggling with questions relating to the demise of a whole family unit.
He said it seemed as if the flashing blue lights of the emergency vehicles and the wailing sirens had become etched into his memory.
“All of us are finding this incredible painful,” Mohammed said. “Thinking that it happens so quickly; You wake up in the morning; you plan your day; you might visit family and friends. But you never realise that later you’re going to die – especially not so brutally. And also not that the whole family will be wiped out,” he added.
The family was travelling on the N12 highway when a car with five occupants swerved into the oncoming traffic, hitting their car. Five members of the family died at the scene – and Sumayya in hospital hours later.
The occupants of the other car all sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
“How do you explain something like this?” a stunned Mohammed asked.
“We have no answers. It’s very raw now and everyone still is heartbroken. We haven’t even begun to think about moving on – you try to make sense of cruel fate. But to us there is no sense in this.
“There are truly no more words to use. We are broken, but we can only hope that we will find comfort.”
Mohammed said relatives and friends were offering support to the loved ones of those who died in the accident.
On Monday morning it was rumoured that the accident happened while the police and a group of suspects – the occupants of the second car – were involved in a car chase.
When YOU approach the police about these allegations, we were referred to metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar, who said he wasn’t aware of the allegations but that they would form part of the investigation.
“It was a horrifc accident scene – and terrible to see,” he said.
“I can’t comment about the alleged car chase. It’s true though that the driver of the second car – an Audi – drove into the oncoming traffic and collided with the family’s car. It really is extremely tragic.”
Minnaar says the driver of the second car could face six charges of culpable homicide. He and the four other occupants were still in a serious condition in hospital on Monday night.
On Sunday night writer and motivational speaker Naadira Chhipa wrote on Facebook: “Just yesterday morning they were healthy, happy and together. Just yesterday morning they woke up with their family, ate breakfast together. Just yesterday they talked to their spouse, hugged them, kissed and played with their children while driving along happily. They didn’t know it would be their last journey in this world.
“How often do we take these small moments for granted? How often do we think it’s the last time I’ll see my husband, children and parents? How often do we wake up and think that we’ll soon be lying in our grave?
“Hug your partner a little longer today and tell him how much you appreciate and love him. Laugh, play and hug your children a little longer.”
Funeral arrangements hadn’t been finalised by Monday morning.