Cyclist dies in hit and run by ‘drunk driver’

Kathryn Kimberley

THE Port Elizabeth cycling community is reeling after the death of a cyclist killed by an alleged drunk driver in a horror hit and run yesterday morning.

Family man and avid cyclist Clem Morris died on impact after a car, allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road, smashed into him on the Kragga Kamma Road at about 8.30am yesterday.

Morris was flung onto the bonnet of the car, which then sped off. A dramatic police chase ensued.

A suspect, in his mid-20s, was arrested on the Old Seaview Road, about 20km from where Morris, still wearing his protective helmet, lay dead.

A member of Nitrous Security in Seaview executed the arrest.

Based on a breathalyser test, the suspect was allegedly more than double the legal alcohol limit, a policeman on the scene said.

The suspect was remanded and is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court soon on charges of driving under the influence, culpable homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident.

He is also suspected of speeding. He cannot be named until he has appeared in court.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said the matter was still under investigation.

Morris,  66, had regularly cycled the Kragga Kamma route. His family were in church when the accident occurred just before Welcome Avenue. “They had to be called out of church to be given the tragic news,” a friend and fellow cyclist said.

The Morris family declined to talk to the media last night. A family friend said they were still in shock.

Meanwhile, the Port Elizabeth cycling fraternity has blasted “inconsiderate” and “irresponsible” drivers. They said this was why more cyclists were taking up mountain biking. Masters and Ladies Cycling Club member Tony Cooney said the deaths of cyclists due to drunk or inconsiderate drivers was becoming unbearable.

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