Man accused of causing Top Billing presenter’s death went as fast as 210km/h‚ court told

Preshalin Naidoo‚ the man accused of causing the death of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere‚ was travelling at a speed of up to 210km/h in mostly urban areas‚ the Randburg Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday.

Lorenz Stoger‚ Cartrack’s fleet manager‚ told the court that Naidoo‚ 24‚ who is charged with culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving‚ had driven between Randburg‚Woodmead and Sandton between January 30 and 31‚ 2015.

“The system [Cartrack] highlights any speed above 130km/h as excessive‚” Stoger said‚ adding that Car Track gives customers a grace of 10km/h above the 120km/h speed limit.

The speed‚ he said‚ is calculated using a Global Positioning System (GPS).

Stoger gave the court details of Naidoo’s movements between January 30 and 31‚ 2015.

According to Cartrack‚ Naidoo’s trip started in Sandton where he was driving between 134km/h and 150km/h.

His car stopped at a house in Randburg and moved again travelling at 134km/h on Jan Smuts Avenue‚ an urban main road with a speed limit of not more than 80km/h.

Naidoo also drove on Republic road‚ also an urban main road‚ at 134km/h.

His speed was also recorded on William Nicol where he was travelling at the same speed. He also drove on the N1 Western Bypass at 157km/h.

According to Stoger‚ the tracking system also caught Naidoo driving at 210km/h on the N1‚ Western bypass at 4.27am on January 31.

His car stopped at a townhouse complex in Sandton at 4.30am.

The trial continues.

— TMG Digital

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