Free State police are looking for the driver of a white bakkie who was involved in a hit and run incident over the weekend. The 22-year-old, Jason Pieters, is in hospital with serious injuries after a bakkie rear-ended him
while waiting at a red traffic light.
A video of the incident went viral on social media. CCTV footage shows how Jason stops at a red light on the corner of Zastron Street and First Avenue in Bloemfontein. While waiting, a white bakkie hit him from behind.
Jason's older brother, Ryno Pieters said it's a miracle that Jason is alive. The incident occurred at about 01h20 on Saturday morning. Jason, a mechanic, spent the night at a friend who worked night
shift and was on his way home in Bloemspruit.
"My dad phoned me early Saturday morning to find out if my brother had slept with me because he hadn't arrived home yet," Ryno explains, who lives in the city. "By 10h00, when we called all his friends, we contacted the Park Road Police, but they also didn't have information.
When I contacted Pelonomi Hospital, they confirmed there was a young man with head injuries in hospital, who was admitted at about 02h15, and my parents had to go to hospital to confirm if it's Jason or not. "
Jason sustained head and brain injuries, a broken jaw and he also sustained injuries to his legs and chest. "His facial bone structure is also damaged, but doctors are waiting for the swelling to subside so they can assess the damage," Ryno explained.
Ryno says the family is grateful for everyone's care, interest and support in this tragic time. "It's hard to describe what all the assistance means to us. We can only thank you."
The family is also grateful to the person who shared the video of the incident on social media. "We didn't had the courage to share it on social media. The person is welcome to contact us, we would like to thank you."
Sgt. Police spokesperson Wendy Nkabi said the Parkway police were looking for the bakkie driver. "The bakkie driver didn't stop after the incident," she said. "A case of reckless and negligent management was instituted.
Anyone with information about the bakkie's driver is requested to contact Wilna Janse van Vuuren at 051 503 2778.