A 90-year-old man from Tsholotsho died after he was run over by a reversing truck at Tsholotsho Business Centre on Monday evening.
It is understood the now deceased, Stephen Mntungwa of Pondo Line, Ward 9 in Tsholotsho was standing behind the truck which hit him and went on to crush him after he fell down. He was rushed to Tsholotsho District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The incident occurred close to an area popularly known as “Ebhawa Endala” at the business centre, where the old man was also running a business.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the incident. She urged drivers to be cautious when reversing.
“On 2 March 2020 at around 7pm, a driver of a private Isuzu truck failed to accurately check his mirrors while reversing from where he had parked his truck towards the main road.
“He then hit Stephen Mntungwa who was standing behind the truck. We urge drivers to be cautious when reversing so as to protect the general public.
“Drivers should thoroughly check their mirrors, under their vehicles and their surroundings so that such incidents are prevented,” said Chief Insp Makonese.
Mntungwa’s neighbour who spoke on condition of anonymity said the businessman’s death was a great loss to the Tsholotsho business community and the public in general.
“He was one of the pioneers of businesses in Tsholotsho and his death has saddened many people especially those of us who were working with him. Mntungwa was still fit, however, his age could have also come into play,” she said.