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2011-11-08 14:37

ON THE TRAIL: Cape Town cops took a few days to track down an alleged hit-and-run perpetrator in Strand.

Cape Town - Two Cape Town traffic officers have traced a driver who allegedly seriously injured a 70-year-old pedestrian in a hit-and-run, the city said on Tuesday.

The pedestrian, who sustained head injuries, was knocked down at the intersection of Main and Fagan roads in Strand on Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

"On surveying the scene, officers found a broken, white, right side-mirror," the city said in a statement. "They collected the mirror (assuming that it had broken off the offending vehicle), interviewed witnesses at the scene and viewed the CCTV footage at the adjacent filling station.


"The officers then took the mirror to a vehicle dealership, where it was identified as belonging to an Opel Corsa light delivery vehicle."

Further information from the CCTV footage showed that an Opel LDV was at the nearby filling station just before the hit-and-run.

Officers traced the registration number via the e-Natis system and were led to a residence in Strand where they found an Opel Corsa LDV missing a right side-mirror, which was identified as the alleged offending vehicle.

An investigation docket was opened against the driver who was arrested at Strand police station on charges relating to reckless and negligent driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

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