PLETTENBERG BAY NEWS - There seems to finally be a breakthrough in the hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a Plettenberg Bay man in March.
Alan Smit died on the N2 between Knysna and Sedgefield on 23 March after he was run over and the driver of the other vehicle sped away, according to reports.
An Opel Corsa bakkie was subsequently confiscated by the police and sent for forensic testing.
Out of desperation and frustration, Smit's family created a Facebook page at the time "Justice for Alan" wherein they urged the the public to come forward with information that could assist in tracing the perpetrator and even resorted to creating a petition in the hope of pushing the case forward in the justice system.
Knysna police told Knysna Plett Herald on 17 July that the investigation into the matter was at an advanced stage and that a 47-year-old man had been positively linked to the incident.
"He is due to appear in the Knysna Magistrates' court on 15 August 2019," said police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies.
A very emotional Jamie Smit, the deceased's sister, said the family is very excited about the arrest.
"This will never bring back my brother, of course, but it gives us a little bit of closure – one can never fully get closure after losing their loved one like this."
She said they take comfort in knowing that the alleged perpetrator will get a form of sentence and that another family won't suffer the same fate.
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