Alleged drunk driver claims the life of local cyclist and injures another

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News24 reported that an alleged drunk driver has been taken into custody after knocking over two cyclists on Sunday along the West Coast Road. One of the cyclists, Nathier Roberts, died on the scene due to his injuries

“A BMW collided with the two cyclists. A 38-year-old man died due to his injuries and a 55-year-old was transported to a nearby medical facility,” said police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana to the publication.

Sharief Peters, Western Province Cycling and vice-chairperson of Cape Town Giants, told the The Voice of the Cape, that the incident occurred at approximately 07:45 while the group of about 25 riders were riding along R27 near Atlantis.

Peters further told VOC, “It happened in a split second. We had some youngsters in the group and after the accident, we could not even manage to get on our bikes again. We had to ask for assistance to take us back home. We’ve come across scenes where accidents like this has happened, but today, sadly it was too close to home.”

According to the publication SAPS have confirmed that the 28-year-old driver has been arrested for culpable homicide as he was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Rwexana said that the driver was expected to appear in the Atlantis Magistrate Court once charged.