Croco Motors owner fined US$600 for July collision that killed pedestrian

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Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko has ordered that the licence of Croco Motors owner Moses Chingwena be endorsed after he admitted to fatally hitting a pedestrian in July last year.

Chingwena had been arraigned before the court on Thursday after knocking down Shephard Mukatira along Poland Road in Gletwin. He was charged with culpable homicide and was convicted on his own plea.

The US$ millionaire businessman, was behind the wheel of a Jaguar XJL when he ploughed into Mukatira who was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition and subsequently passed on that night at a local hospital.

It was the State’s case that Chingwena was travelling at a speed that was excessive under the circumstances, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to stop or act reasonably when a collision seemed imminent.

Above having his passport endorsed, Chingwena was fined $60 000 (US$600 on parallel market). He risks being jailed for four months if he fails to pay the fine before 10am today.

In her ruling, magistrate Mateko said the accident happened at night where visibility was compromised and the deceased was not wearing reflective clothing. She also said both Chingwena and the late Mukatira contributed to the accident.

Mateko noted that Chingwena assisted Mukatira’s family during the funeral.

“The accused cooperated and paid $313 000, US$4 000 and 10 beasts. He showed remorse,” she said.

It was the State’s case that, on Saturday 11 June 2020, at around 10pm, Chingwena was driving a motor vehicle namely Jaguar XJL due west along Poland road Gletwin suburb, Harare with no passengers on board.

As he approached a place near house number 1013 along the said road, he knocked down Mukatira who was crossing the road. Chingwena lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and hit a precast wall of house number 1013 Poland Gletwin.

Chingwena suffered some chest pains and was taken to a private hospital by his relatives. Mukatira died on the spot after sustaining head injuries and multiple fractures on the left leg and left hand.

Chingwena was travelling at a speed that was excessive under the circumstances, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to stop or act reasonably when a collision seemed imminent, prosecutors said.

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