CROCO Motors owner Moses Tonderai Chingwena has been fined $60 000 after admitting to causing an accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian in Harare sometime in July last year.
Chingwena also risks being jailed for four months if he fails to pay the fine before 10am tomorrow. Presiding magistrate Barbra Mateko also ordered that Chingwena’s licence be endorsed.
Chingwena, 60, appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Thursday facing charges of culpable homicide. He was convicted on his own plea.
He caused the accident that resulted in the death of Shepherd Mukatira.
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.
According to court papers, 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.
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.