Matric pupils from Mitchells Plain die in horror weekend crash

26 November 2012 | From Arrive Alive

26 November 2012

The final matric paper will not be a joyous occasion for matric pupils at Mondale High in Mitchells Plain. On Sunday, many of them broke down in tears as they mourned the deaths of three fellow pupils in a horror smash early on Saturday.

Kelly Ford, Leigh-Ann Swail and Keenan Smith, all 18, died in the collision, while 20-year-old former Mondale High pupil Nazan Klaasen, 20, is fighting for his life at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Shortly before 6am on Saturday, Ford phoned her mother to say that she was on her way home from a night out on the town. Minutes later, the Toyota Corolla Smith was driving collided with a Golden Arrow bus.
The crash took place on the corner of Spine Road and Church Way, Strandfontein, and the Jaws of Life was used to free the four.
Ford and Smith died on the scene while Swail died at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Ford’s mother, Patricia, said that Ford and Swail were best friends and had been inseparable since Grade 8. She said Ford had lived for her 22-month-old son Alex. “She hardly went out, she was always at home, Alex was her life.”
Ford said that when her daughter called her she had said to her, “okay, I’m waiting for you”.
News of the crash spread like wildfire on social networks and more than 1 000 people assembled at the school on Sunday evening to hold a candlelight vigil.
Principal Owen Bridgens said the three had been athletes and were well liked by their peers.
He said that messages of condolence had been received from from all over, including calls from Education MEC Donald Grant, Minister of National Planning Trevor Manuel and ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman.
On Sunday, the school assembled most of its matrics to offer them grief counselling ahead of their final paper to be written on Monday afternoon.
When the Cape Argus arrived at the Ford home in Portland on Sunday, Swail’s mother, Samantha, was there, but she was too overcome with grief to talk about her only child.
Her sister, Marci Lodewyk, described her niece as a wonderful young woman, who loved life, modelling, clothes and shoes.
Swail was planning to do an au pair course next year, or “something in management”, she said.
Leigh-Ann’s grandmother, Freda Swail, said her daughter had been at Leigh-Ann’s side when she had died.
According to Ford, Kelly was going to go home from a club in the CBD with another friend, but then Leigh-Ann had suggested she stay on at the club.
Ford’s heartbroken boyfriend Eugene Pieterse said he was still coming to terms with her death. “It is just so unreal,” Pieterse said.
Smith’s friends described him as having a great sense of humour. He was planning to study a human resources course next year.
On Sunday, his tearful classmates clutched photographs of him.
Speaking to the gathered matriculants on Sunday, vice-principal Nigel Crowie said it was the saddest day in the history of the school, but he added that the matrics now had to concentrate on getting through their final exam paper.
Crowie said the deaths resounded across the province and would impact on how matriculants celebrated the end of their school careers.
Bridgens said it was not good to see young people die. “The school won’t ever forget this,” he said.
Errol van Wyk, the education district director, said that while teachers were good at preparing children academically, they felt powerless to fix the after-effects of a tragedy.
Police spokesman FC Van Wyk said police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.
A memorial would be held at the Mondale High School hall on Wednesday at 10am.
[ Storu by Lynnette Johns appeared in Cape Argus]

Share This Page

Tell a friend icon Tell a Friend | Fax machine icon Print this Page

News Articles

24 Oct 2016 | From Arrive Alive
EMER-G-MED Paramedics are on the scene of a train crash where two trains have collided on the rail split from Kaalfontein Station towards Oakmoor and Tembisa, in Esselen Park. At this stage one person has been declared dead and is entrapped within the trains' wreckage. It's estimated that
24 Oct 2016 | From Arrive Alive
This afternoon EMER-G-MED's RV5, M02 and A09 attended to a scooter that rear-ended a car on the N3 South after Linksfield - east of Johannesburg. The scooter rider fortunately only sustained minor injuries and was transported to hospital for further care.
24 Oct 2016 | Department of Transport
The Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters, directed the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to expedite the investigation into the cause of the Metro Rail train collision that took place between Kaalfontein and Thembisa station today, the 24th October
24 Oct 2016 | From Arrive Alive
One person has been killed at roughly 100 more injured this afternoon after two passenger trains collided on the Thembisa line near Kaalfontein, east of Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with numerous other services, arrived on the scene and found that the two trains had collided head-on. Numerous
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety Highlights
Gauteng: Theft of motorcycles in Pretoria North area. Syndicate members stole two motorcycles just after 01:00 at Florauna on Thursday, 20 October 2016, after breaking a motorised gate lock. They are suspected of numerous motorcycle thefts and breaking into businesses as well as houses. Anyone
24 Oct 2016 | Department of Transport
A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that two road users died on the province’s roads over the weekend. Provincial traffic officers arrested 30 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 21 and 22 October 2016. Eleven were arrested
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
A rear-end Collison between a light motor vehicle and bakkie on the R57 in Sasolburg had left one woman seriously injured this morning. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found the light motor vehicle up against a tree while the bakkie had parked on the side of the road. On closer inspection,
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
This morning EMER-G-MED's M07 and A01 attended to a serious collision on Main and Culross, in Bryanston. Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that two vehicles had collided, causing one to catch alight. Fortunately the fire was quickly extinguished by bystanders before their arrival. Both
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Fifteen school children of primary school age have been injured after the school transport they were in crashed on Charles Mowatt Road in Montclair around 7am. Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that two vehicles had collided in a side impact collision. The children had suffered various

News Archive

24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Two people have been injured after a vehicle overturned on Zambesi drive in Montana, Pretoria. Reports from the scene indicate that the two men sustained serious to moderate injuries. Netcare911 paramedics worked alongside paramedics from the Provincial EMS on scene. The two were stabilised
24 Oct 2016 | From Arrive Alive
The Down Syndrome Association of Pretoria / Tshwane was established in 1993 by families in the Pretoria / Tshwane urban area and is a constitutionalised, registered, Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) / Non-Profit Section 18A organisation (NPO) that does not receive any government funding and provide
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Last night four patients were injured after three vehicles collided on the N3 North after the Linksfield Road offramp, east of Johannesburg. EMER-G-MED's RV5 and A09 attended to the scene. The four patients sustained minor injuries, with two refusing medical care. The other two patients were
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Emer-G-Med's RV5 and A09 attended to a hit and run collision on the M1 South before Glenhove, in Melrose. One person sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for further care.
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Six people were injured in a collision on the N4 between Middelburg and Belfast late last night. ER24 Middelburg crews attended to the incident. Upon assessment of the patients, all men aged between 19 and 27 years, it was found that they sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were treated
24 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Four adults and a baby were lucky to escape serious injury after the vehicle they were travelling in rolled over and landed on its roof on the R56 in the Baynesfield area between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond late last night. ER24 paramedics arrived on scene
23 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Two people have died and nine others have sustained serious to moderate injuries after at least four vehicle’s collided with each other on the  N14 in Brandvlei near Krugersdorp direction Ventersdorp. The exact detail to the cause of the accident and how many vehicle’s were involved
23 Oct 2016 | Road Safety in the Media
Two people died, five which included  baby were critically injured and four others sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious in a collision on the N14 at the Brandvlei crossing in the Tarlton area. ER24 paramedics as well as various other services attended to the incident and
23 Oct 2016 | From Arrive Alive
Two fishermen have drowned in a freak accident at Virginia Beach, north of Durban this afternoon. Marshall Security received several calls from members of the public shortly before 14h00 for assistance and our special operations team members as well as Netcare911 were immediately dispatched. On
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  ... 
Home  |  
Contact  |  
Browser  |  
Disclaimer  |  
CMS  |  
© 2016 - All Rights Reserved