Honda Fit rams into cyclists

Honda Fit rams into cyclists

MASERU – Lesotho Road Bike champion Teboho Khantši is set to undergo an operation after suffering suspected bone fractures on both legs in a car accident.
Khantši and three other riders – Francis Ramoolla, Tohlang Rampetla and Masia Rantoetse – were rushed to hospital on Saturday morning after a Honda Fit taxi rammed into a group of riders who were on their way to Mantšonyane as part of the cycling race in last weekend’s MGC Sports Extravaganza.

The accident happened in Katlehong, a mere kilometre from the race’s starting point at MGC Park. The Federation of Cycling Lesotho (FCL) said the taxi rammed into a group of riders but only four sustained injuries, three other riders were discharged from the hospital except Khantši.
After the incident the whole race was called off. The FCL said the riders were following a convoy of cars protecting them and behind them was a police van.

Police were able to help and take statements immediately. The driver of the car is set to appear in court today.
He is facing several charges which include reckless driving and damage to property amongst others. FCL president Makatile Rammotang said the race sponsors, Matekane Group of Companies, have pledged M20 000 to the federation which will go towards legal costs as the FCL plans to take a legal action against the driver of the Honda Fit taxi.

“The accident happened in Katlehong, he ran into a group of riders not just these four but they are the ones who were injured, after they were taken to hospital three was discharged but Khantši is the one who is still in hospital,” Rammotang told thepost.

“We are not too sure of his diagnosis but it’s a suspected bone fracture in both legs and he will have an operation, because of the coronavirus outbreak and the fears around, we have not been able to visit him in hospital,” he added.
Rammotang pleaded with the courts to set an example when the judgement is handed down on the taxi driver so that other motorists will respect riders on the road.
The association wants the driver to pay for all the damage caused to the bicycles. The FCL say Khantši’s bike is a total write-off and the bike alone cost over M30 000.

Tlalane Phahla

 

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