Police to investigate Carl Pistorius crash

Johannesburg - An accident outside Modimolle that involved Carl Pistorius - the older brother of murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is being investigated, Limpopo police said on Saturday.

"We have opened a case of reckless or negligent driving and police and the Limpopo traffic department are investigating," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"The information will be collated into a centralised docket that will be sent to the director of public prosecutions for a decision."

Paramedics had to use the jaws-of-life to free Carl Pistorius after his car collided head-on with another car on Friday night at around 20:00.

"Mr Pistorius was taken to Pretoria and the other driver was taken to a local hospital last night [Friday] after they were freed," Mulaudzi said.

"Mr Pistorius had two other occupants inside his car but they were not injured. Reports indicate that the other driver was alone, but this can't be confirmed. Both drivers had serious injuries... we suspect internal injuries."

On Saturday morning, the Pistorius family said Carl was "out of danger" after the accident.

"Carl's vehicle was hit head-on by another car that had swerved from the opposite side of the [N1] highway into... oncoming traffic," his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a statement.

"Carl was badly hurt but we are thankful that he is out of danger. He was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria."

Carl Pistorius was returning from a business trip in Polokwane on Friday evening. A colleague was following him in a different car and witnessed the accident, his uncle said.

Further details of the injuries were not immediately available.

In May last year, Carl Pistorius was acquitted on a culpable homicide charge.

The Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court also acquitted him on alternative charges of reckless or negligent driving, and driving without reasonable consideration for another person using the road.

He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

His bakkie collided with Maria Barnard's motorbike on 8 March 2008. She died in hospital a few days later.

Oscar Pistorius still faces a murder charge after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He claims he shot her by accident through the locked door of his toilet, thinking she was an intruder. The State contends he killed her during an argument.

Closing arguments were expected to be heard on 7 August, when the trial resumed.

Michele Haiderzada 2014/08/02 06:56:44 PM
Read the article before you post a stupid comment. "Carl's vehicle was hit head-on by another car that had swerved from the opposite side of the [N1] highway into... oncoming traffic," his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a statement. And BTW - the correct spelling is "loser", loser!
Jamill Ahmed 2014/08/02 07:05:09 PM
Hope he recovers please refrain from bad mouthing carl as he never pulled the trigger its not fair for the family to bear the brunt
James Strawson 2014/08/02 07:08:00 PM
This Uncle Arnold seems like he wants o be a Max Clifford.
Lionel Karsen 2014/08/02 07:17:26 PM
deja vu ?
BatongaBoro 2014/08/02 07:21:28 PM
maybe he thought it was a hijacker in the other car?
Nicolette van Zyl 2014/08/02 07:26:20 PM
Some people have the tendancy to sya stupid things and think wow that was clever.... some of these comments make me wonder how clever these people really are. Louis and co, please put something between your brain and mouth that it stop the stupid remarks. Hope Carl recovers soon!
Juvan Potgieter 2014/08/02 07:29:36 PM
Pistorius family and relatives may GOD be with you through all good and bad.
Chase Cameron 2014/08/02 07:44:11 PM
HOW is the other driver? Is he/she in a critical condition? Apparently Carl is "out of danger"... strange choice of words if you ask me.
Raymond Randall 2014/08/02 07:47:02 PM
Send this pistorious family to gaza for goodness sake !!
Fanie Oosthuizen 2014/08/02 08:00:20 PM
News24 created this platform. Why I do not know, but one thing is clear and that is that they are trying to provoke arguments and let people fight on an electronic platform.