Motorist shot and killed in N1 spiking incident outside Pretoria

The man was traveling with his girlfriend on the N1 between Murrayhill and Hammanskraal when his car was spiked.

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The police have started an investigation after a 45-year-old man was shot and killed on the N1 between Murrayhill and Hammanskraal on Wednesday.

The man was travelling with his girlfriend on the N1 south in a Hyundai i20 when his car was damaged due to spikes placed on the road, according to Hammanskraal police spokesperson Margareth Molane.

“They got a puncture on the left front wheel. The driver stopped the vehicle by the side of the road.”

Molane said after the man stopped, two unknown men came from the bushes and started to harass him.

“The driver was shot in the upper body and the suspects took their belongings. They then fled the scene on foot.”

She said a murder case was opened and no arrests were made.

Motorists were advised not to stop their vehicles when their tyres get punctured until they get to a safer, well-lit area.

Tips for when a spiking incident happens to a motorist:

– Motorists should avoid driving over any plastic bags they find on the road.

– Never stop your vehicle if you get a puncture. Instead, drive slowly to the nearest garage while contacting the Gauteng Traffic Police.

– If you are stopped by a traffic officer, demand to see their appointment certificate to verify if such an officer is employed by the relevant traffic authority.

– In case the officer fails to produce his or her appointment certificate, take down the registration number of the patrol vehicle and report them to the nearest police station.

– If your vehicle has had a breakdown on the road, remain in the vehicle with your car locked while seeking assistance.

– Do not allow any person to tow your vehicle without written permission.

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