Police in Paarl are on the hunt for the senseless crooks who threw a large rock at an N1 motorist in Paarl. Michele Pietersen died instantly on-impact.
An utterly devastating development has reached us from the Western Cape on Thursday. Michele Pietersen, a teacher from Paarl, was killed when thugs threw a large rock at her car while she was travelling on the N1 outbound.
The retired educator was travelling in the vehicle with her husband. They were approaching Simonsvlei at around 2:00 this morning. Their journey was brought to a tragic halt when the rock smashed through the windscreen and hit the driver. Michele’s injuries were severe, and it’s understood she died instantly.
She used to work for the New Orleans Secondary School in Paarl. Her former employers described Michele as a “beloved friend and teacher”. The school released a statement on Thursday, sharing their deepest condolences:
“This is such a sad day for us as a New Orleans family to inform you of the passing of a beloved friend, colleague and beloved teacher, Mrs Michele Pietersen.”
“She and her husband were on their way home to Paarl from Cape Town when the accident occurred. It is such a tragic and unnecessary violent act. Our prayers are with her husband Mr Anton Pietersen, her children and grandchildren as well as the extended family.”
Rock-throwing on the roads of the Western Cape has, shockingly, become a common feature of highway crime. The South African trucking community have been the first to raise awareness about this issue, after several long-distance lorry drivers had heavy objects thrown at their cabs by reckless vandals.
The problem still persists, and this method of crime has also been reported in De Doorns and Worcester recently. Gangs have used rocks to incapacitate truck drivers and their vehicles, then they steal the contents of the cargo. Michele Pietersen was the victim of a senseless, deplorable act that deserves a fitting punishment, and authorities in Paarl have vowed to catch those responsible for her death.