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2012-02-22 10:11

POST-CRASH INFERNO: Firefighters attempt to douse a blazing Hummer after the 2010 crash which killed two motorcyclists and badly injured a third, who lost a leg.

A 31-year-old Zambian who allegedly ran over and killed two motorcyclists while driving a Hummer will stand trial on June 12, 2012, the Pretoria North Regional Court has ruled.

Magistrate Ben van der Walt ordered Indi Chiyabu, facing two charges of culpable homicide, to stand trial in the same court.

Motorcyclists Johannes Kruger and Pieter Coetzee were killed when a Hummer allegedly driven by Chiyabu collided with them on Rachel de Beer Road, Pretoria North, on October 16, 2010. Coetzee's son, also called Pieter, was badly injured in the collision.

It was reported at the time that the Hummer was stolen.


Two motorcycles and the Hummer caught fire. Coetzee and Kruger died at the scene and the younger Coetzee later lost a leg through surgical amputation. Chiyabu allegedly fled from the scene of the crash.

Prosecutor Tania Carstens said the state intended to call three or four witnesses. Chiyabu's lawyer Rudolph Mogashoa said his client did not dispute that the two men had been killed by the Hummer.

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