Teens Burnt Beyond Recognition in Chinhoyi After A Beer Binge
Tragedy struck the community of Chinhoyi on Sunday evening when a group of five teenagers lost their lives in a horrific car accident. According to reports, the young victims had spent the day watching a Division One match featuring Banket United while heavily under the influence of alcohol. They were driving home from a beer binge when their vehicle collided with a haulage truck, causing it to catch fire and burn three victims beyond recognition.
The incident occurred near Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) fields, and four of the teenagers died on the spot, while the fifth one passed away later at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital. A close source who spoke to local media said that one of the victims was hit by another car while trying to escape from the burning wreckage.
All five teenagers were under the age of 20, and their families are now mourning the loss of their loved ones.
Their names were, Taurai (17), Mac Jones, 17, Nigel, Tino and Professor.
The source also revealed that the victims had been heavily drunk at the time of the accident. They had spent the evening drinking in Chinhoyi shops before setting off on their ill-fated journey home. Mac Jones, one of the victims, was driving his mother’s car, which was supposed to get number plates.
His mother had called him to come home early so that he could process the third number plates early on Monday.
The teenagers left Chinhoyi around 9 pm.
National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident on Monday, stating that a DAF XF Truck with one passenger on board was involved in a head-on collision with a Honda Fit at the 108km peg along the Harare-Chirundu Road. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it is clear that alcohol played a significant role.
The tragic loss of these young lives is a reminder of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. The consequences of drunk driving can be catastrophic, not just for the driver but for innocent bystanders as well. It is crucial to educate young people on the risks of excessive drinking and the importance of responsible behavior on the road.