The accident hot spot at the intersection of De Korte and Bertha streets has been the site of a second car crash in one week.
At around 7pm last Sunday, a Wits student and three of his friends were driving through Braamfontein when their car was hit by a vehicle that had allegedly run a red robot.
Titus Masike, 3rd year Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, stood blank-faced on an island in the middle of Bertha Street as he looked at the dented silver Mercedes Benz that had been spun across to the side of the road.
The car he was driving belonged to his mother.
Masike and a friend had fetched two female friends from a hair salon in Braamfontein and were making their way back to their apartment in Milpark when the crash happened.
Masike’s friend in the front passenger seat, a Public Relations and Communications student at Rosebank College, said he did not even see the other car approaching.
He vaguely attempted to piece together the events of the crash: “We were just driving normally and we just heard a bang and the car was spinning. It’s weird, it’s hard to … , it’s just weird,” he said, shaking his head.
The students were travelling down De Korte Street when a grey Ford Focus travelling down Bertha Street allegedly ran a red robot and crashed into the driver’s side of their car.
The young nurse who was driving the other car appeared unharmed as she paced around her wrecked car.
On the opposite side of the road, one of Masike’s female passengers sat on the curb, running her hands through her hair and covering her face while being comforted by
Nobody in either car was injured.
A metro police officer, who did not want to be identified, said accidents at the intersection were common, particularly on weekends.
“On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights this intersection is dangerous. Female drivers in particular do not stop at the traffic light because they say they don’t feel safe at night,” he said.
In the previous crash, on July 16, a Luthuli House blue-light vehicle crashed into a government vehicle. Onlookers stated that the accident was also caused by one driver’s failure to stop at a red robot.