Banned driver kills man in hit-and-run

MUTARE - A pirate taxi driver who allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian before fleeing from the scene — a day after his driver’s licence was suspended for killing his sister is back in the dock facing culpable homicide charges.

Munyaradzi Mike Mandiripira, 32, of Mundenda Village under chief Mutasa was denied bail when he appeared before magistrate Yeukai Chigodora on Monday.

Mandiripira allegedly hit and killed Kenneth Machere on April 6 in Manica Bridge a day after he was prohibited from driving over another fatal accident which claimed the life of his sister.

He had been fined $200 for which he faced an alternative four-month jail stint if he failed to pay the fine by July 21.

He allegedly hit Machere who was found dead at the 19,5km peg along the Mutare-Nyanga highway with a Toyota Raum registration number ADT 4762 between 2100 and 2230 hours.

Machere sustained a deep head cut and a broken right leg.

According to the State, Mandiripira did not stop to either check or render any assistance to Machere.

Mutare Traffic Police attended the accident scene and took the body to Mutare Provincial Hospital.

Mandiripira was, however, arrested when he approached the same police station intending to bribe cops to give him a police report claiming that he had hit a cow in Danzini.

He wanted to give the report to his employer.

Alert police details, however, demanded to see the vehicle which had a shattered windscreen, broken left headlamp and a missing left wiper.

He then led the police for indications on April 7 at the crime scene.

Andrew Motsi was prosecuting.

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