Unlicensed teens out of intensive care

July 9, 2008

Unlicensed teens out of intensive care

6 July 2008

By Weekend Argus staff reporter

Two 17-year-old Reddam House pupils, in hospital after a horror accident in Constantia this week, were both out of intensive care and stable, a hospital staff member said.

A friend, Christopher Elliott, also 17 and an only child, died in the crash. None of the boys had driver’s licences although the driver, who cannot be named, did have his learner’s licence. He faces a charge of culpable homicide.

All three boys were in matric at the expensive private Tokai school. Elliott was a talented bodyboarder and due to compete in the Wedge Classic in Plettenberg Bay this week.

The driver sustained severe facial and abdominal injuries, and the third boy, Reggie Beki, had a broken leg.

Constantiaberg Medi-clinic spokesperson Lisa Douglas said the driver was out of intensive care and in an orthopaedic ward. He was due to have facial surgery today. Beki was out of danger and in the same ward. He was treated at Victoria Hospital then transferred to Constantiaberg, where the driver’s father is a specialist, on Friday.

The smash happened in Nova Constantia Road on Wednesday night well before midnight, after the boys had been visiting friends in Hout Bay. They hit a tree, apparently while travelling at speed on the narrow road. Metro Rescue had to cut the boys free from the mangled wreck using the jaws of life.

The car, a VW Golf, belongs to the driver’s father, the doctor.

Police spokesperson Andre Traut confirmed that all three were 17 years old and that the driver was unlicensed. They would investigate whether the driver had been drinking, but a blood sample had not been taken because of the seriousness of the driver’s condition and his urgent need for treatment.

Cape Argus 6/7/08

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