Bakkie driver arrested for second Bloemfontein biker hit-and-run
Free State police have arrested a 42-year-old man suspected of hitting a motorcyclist in hit-and-run in Bloemfontein, Free State.
Two similar incidents were reported in the city at the weekend of June 8 and June 9 2019.
Initial reports suggested that the man in custody was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run incident involving 22-year-old motorcyclist Jason Pieterse.
Pieterse was run over by a white bakkie on the corner of First Avenue and Zastron Street on the Saturday.
A video of the crash has spread like wildfire on social media. Pieterse has since gained consciousness and is recovering in hospital.
However, Free State police said the man was arrested for the hit-and-run incident involving 20-year-old Jeremy Barnard.
Barnard was run over at a red robot on the corner of Parfitt Avenue and Nelson Mandela Drive in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The man who was driving a red Isuzu bakkie apparently fled the scene and hid in the parking lot of a hotel nearby.
Police spokesperson Sgt Wendy Nkabi said the man was arrested at his house in De Aar, Northern Cape, on Friday afternoon.
He is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on a reckless and negligent driving charge.
Barnard is being treated for cracked ribs, pressure on the brain and fluid in the lungs. He also received seven stitches on his chin.