Tapiwa Zhanje a NUST University student killed himself after he crashed his uncle’s Mercedes Benz while binge drinking with friends in Bulawayo in the early hours of Saturday.
Upon impact the vehicle caught fire and Zhanje fled the scene fearing that he had killed 5 passengers who were travelling with him.
The owner of the house where the car crashed into, Mrs Debra Mweke said she was asleep when the accident occurred. “I was asleep when l was awaken by the impact of the car, l thought thieves were trying to break into the house and when l came out l saw the car burning in our yard, the gate had also fallen,” she said. Mrs Mweke revealed that the car had caught fire after the impact and neighbours had to assist to put it out using water. “There were three women and three men in the car who said their families were in Harare and only one lady who identified herself as Nozie was from Bulawayo.
The driver ran to the gate and stood there in shock while we were trying to help the people who were in the car.” Mrs Mweke said she suspected that the driver thought the passengers had died as he immediately fled from the scene. “From what I heard from the police, the guy went to Hillside and shot himself, we don’t know exactly the place but that’s what we got from the police,” she said. One of the residents who witnessed the accident Mr Anglistone Sibanda said they struggled to remove the trapped students from the car. Contacted for a comment, Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said she had not received details of the accident and shooting.
The damaged car is registered to a Zanu PF official Mr Davies Muhambi, Zhanje’s uncle.
He was away in Harare at the time of the accident.
The other injured students are recovering at United Bulawayo Hospitals.