A father and a child, as well as a family friend's child, were killed at a hit and run event on Friday night soon after they took part in a separate accident which left a woman dead.
Theuns Lubbe, 39, his two children, Tristen, 8, and Amory, 4, and a family friend's friend Juliana Gomez, 6, were knocked down by a Ford Ranger pop bank close to Cheub QQ3 Lubbe's wreck that had rolled out. The moments of the front, injured his fatal wife and his mother to the children of Lubbe, Elmarie, 38.
The family and Juliana were on their way home at the Chery's Allanridge in the Free State after having a braai job in Theuns.
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According to Theuns' cousin, Neels Lubbe left from Welkom, the couple and the children of the function early.
Theuns head offered another beer to him but told him he wanted the children home, "Neels told News24 on Monday.
At some point, Theuns lost control of the vehicle and rolled several times.
Following the crash, Theuns managed to get out of the wreck, Neels said.
"[Theuns] set a crisis triangle in the way and he and the children stood in the forest beside the road. Ford Ranger then went to the scene from Welkom and hit Theuns and the three children, killing them immediately. "
According to Neels, the bakkie dragged Theuns and the three children for about 50 meters.
"Blood was everywhere. [The driver] then he went out of the bakkie behind and ran away, "Neels said. The bakkie has a number plate North West.
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"There were thieves like my son," said Neels. "Our families were very close. We are heartbreaking."
"When he was down and out, I helped him with a place to live and buy a car for him.
"His children meant everything to him. I know he would have done anything to avoid this happening. It must have happened very quickly."
Neels said Theuns had recently found employment at JBL Construction in the Eland Harmony shaft. "Things were starting to go very well for him."
According to Neels, Juliana had been staying with Lubbes for two weeks while her mother, Anna Engelbrecht, was in hospital. Engelbrecht had been receiving treatment until Friday. The next morning, she was told that her child had died.
"Juliana really wanted to go to the Braai with the Lubbe family, so her mother said she would get it on Saturday."
Police looking for a driver
Captain Ansie Venter, SA Police Service, who was on the scene of the accident, confirmed the order of events for News24.
"It's not yet established, which caused the Chery to roll," Venter said.
Venter said Ford Ranger was to register for a person living in Stilfontein in the North West. "We are still trying to establish who was driving the bakkie at the time of the incident," said Venter.
The police investigation continues, Venter said.