New Details About “Passion Java Crash” Emerge
Fifty-seven-year-old Tangai Tandi looks up at the sky with eyes filled with tears as if to ask the sky why.
“Nature wants children to bury their parents. It’s painful and difficult for a parent to bury their child,” said Tandi.
The Waterfalls man is the father of the late Joyce Tandi, a 17-year-old girl who was recently fatally hit by one of Passion Java‘s cars along Seke Road.
A portrait of Joyce hangs in the family living room.
“She was beautiful, full of life and very promising,” the father said, holding back tears.
The mum couldn’t contain herself as she heard the chilling details of how her daughter met her death.
Standardpeople watched the heartbreaking CCTV footage of Joyce’s final moments.
In the video, Joyce who was visiting her mother’s sister in Hatfield tried to back up in the middle of the busy Seke road after realizing she couldn’t cross.
Unaware of an oncoming car in another lane, Joyce was struck and thrown approximately 30 yards. She died on the spot.
According to the video, the car that hit her was traveling at high speed and did not stop immediately.
The speed limit for the zone is 60 km/h.
According to an expert traffic police officer who also saw the video, the car that hit the teenager was traveling between 140 and 160 kilometers per hour.
Courage Gwashira, 32, says he was driving the vehicle.
Passion released a statement saying he was not at the scene of the crash when it happened.
“After my daughter was hit, the driver didn’t stop immediately. He came back later after a minute and he came with another car accompanying them. I have the feeling that Gwashira is not that a sacrificial lamb, Passion was driving that car,” he said.
Tandi said that after her daughter was hit at 12.16pm, the family did not find out until around 1pm the next day that she had died.
“I’m not staying here in Zimbabwe, I’m working in Zambia. Her mum was looking for her all day. The next day that’s when she was advised to go to the morgue in the Chitungwiza General Hospital, imagine the trauma of identifying your daughter’s lifeless body. . She is still in pain,” he said.
The family denied rumors circulating on social media that the girl was pregnant.
“There were two accidents on the day in question. A different car hit a pregnant woman who also died a few yards from where my daughter was hit. She was God-fearing and a devout Christian, even the autopsy confirmed she was not pregnant,” he said.
The father said he was not going to pursue the legal route as the family believe Zimbabwe’s justice system is compromised.
“I know Passion is wealthy and can easily influence the outcome of a court case. If the state wants to press charges, so be it,” he said.
The family revealed that neither Gwashira nor Java contributed to the funeral costs.
“They didn’t even come here to offer their condolences. The only time I met my daughter’s killer was at a police station where he pledged to pay 10 cows as compensation Since then, I have never spoken to them,” he said.
Tandi said he wasn’t going to rest until he found the solution.
“I will do everything in my power to make it work,” said Tandi.
Police spokesman Paul Nyathi said the matter was still under investigation.