A man who was allegedly caught cheating with his housemaid deliberately attempted to commit suicide with his pregnant wife inside the car.
Residents of Bulawayo were given a free movie on Wednesday morning around 8:00 when Desire Charingeni and his wife Edith Mutanda got into a violent argument in a speeding car that caused it to veer off the road and seriously hurt a pedestrian.
The Parklands suburb couple argued all the way from their house until the intersection of 25th Avenue and Matopos Road, when their Honda Fit car veered off the road.
Velaphi Zhou, an assistant builder, was struck by the car as it sped towards a precast wall that it destroyed before coming to a stop, suffering a fractured shin. He was out for a walk while waiting for the delivery of cement for a project he was working on.
Bewildered residents rushed to the vehicle which was stuck in the wall and found the warring couple still throwing verbal barbs at each other.
Witnesses said Charingeni- who was later stretchered off to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) complaining of back pain- claimed his wife had grabbed the steering, forcing him off the road.
Matanda hotly disputed the accusation saying Charingeni had threatened to deliberately crash the vehicle after she demanded a divorce, B Metro reports.
“I didn’t touch the steering. He said he once had an accident in the car but this time he would make sure we die in the second one,” said an emotional Matanda.
“After dropping our child off at school, we had agreed to go to (Bulawayo) Central Police (Station) to get assistance with a divorce. He has been sleeping with the maid,” she said.
She said her husband floored the accelerator as he threatened to end their lives, resulting in the scary accident.
Charingeni and Dube were taken to UBH and the car was still stuck in the wall.
Bulawayo Police Spokesperson Inspector Abedinico Ncube could only confirm the crash yesterday.
“Circumstances are that the first party was driving due South along Matopos Road when he failed to keep his vehicle under control and veered off the road to the right side resulting in him hitting the second party who was walking due south. First party went on to hit the brick wall (durawall) of number 01, 25th Avenue Famona, Bulawayo,” said the police spokesperson.
Charingeni has been charged with negligent driving and his car has been taken to the Vehicle Inspection (VID) depot for inspection.