GEORGE NEWS - A man (41) was knocked unconscious and another sustained moderate injuries after they were hit by a taxi in Mitchell Street last Thursday, 20 September.
Morné de Wet and his son MC (21) were allegedly standing in front of Motorcycle Madness, a motorbike shop in Mitchell Street, when the accident occurred.
"My son (MC) phoned me and said that he and his father had been hit by a taxi and were being taken to hospital in an ambulance. At that stage Morné was still unconscious," Claire Gaymans, Morné's fiancée, told the George Herald.
She said Morné and MC were standing on the pavement when the taxi came down Market Street from the direction of York Street and turned left into Mitchell. The taxi ended up on the right-hand side pavement, facing oncoming traffic, and hit the pedestrians before stopping in front of a tree.
"It seemed as if the taxi driver lost control of his vehicle and oversteered when turning into Mitchell from Market Street, ending up in the wrong lane. The taxi was in the wrong. Morné has deep cuts to his face and scalp and badly bruised ribs," Gaymans said.
According to the accident report, the taxi driver said the pedestrians were crossing the road and he swerved to avoid an accident. The report also shows that his driver's C1 licence was issued in 2007.
Licences have to be renewed every five years.
An enquiry was sent to the George police station shortly after the accident, but by the time of going to print no feedback had been received.
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