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Drunk driver released on warning after allegedly killing 21-year-old woman in hit-and run

A witness chased after the driver and managed to flank him down in Macassar, about 10km from the scene.
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Drunk driver released on warning after allegedly killing 21-year-old woman in hit-and run

A 31-year-old male was released on a warning after being arrested for allegedly killing a 21-year-old woman in a hit-and-run on Saturday 1 May.

The Weekend Argus reported that Jonathan Coetzee was driving a Silver Toyota Fortuner while allegedly drunk on Saturday evening when he hit Chandre Visser, 21, who was with a friend in Victoria Road, Somerset West.

Jonathan reportedly fled the scene, but a witness, Bjourn Henri, chased after him and managed to flank him down in Macassar, about 10km from the scene.

“She flew about 80 metres and landed on the ground,” said Henri.

“I was with my family and I noticed that the driver did not stop so I chased after him,” added Henri.

He said the driver was arrested after they saw a traffic officer and pulled him over.

“When asked why he ran away from the scene, he said he was in shock,” Henri said.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said a case of culpable homicide was been opened for investigation after the incident.

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the suspect was released on a warning.

“The accused is Jonathan Coetzee. He was released on a warning and is scheduled to appear in court on October 7, 2021.”

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