At least five people have been killed on the roads this Easter weekend so far. Well-known Cape confectionist, Melyssa La Vita, is one of those victims. The business owner, 30, was allegedly killed because of a drag race, reports IOL.
On Good Friday, April 2, the owner of “The Cake Fairy by Melyssa”, Strandfontein, had unknowingly baked her last cake, a unicorn-designed creation for a six-year-old girl.
At least 13 vehicle crashes, with two of these incidents involving pedestrians have been reported. Five have been reported dead between Good Friday and on Saturday, confirmed City of Cape Town traffic officials.
La Vita’s father told Weekend Argus that his daughter joined friends from their car club called “Anointed Nation”. The group congregated at Sacks Circle in Bellville South late on Friday evening where she was hit. He added that his daughter tried to move out of the way before she was killed.
The “Anointed Nation” is said to be an automobile club. A park-off is where car clubs or car fanatics congregate.
He said information surrounding the fatal incident was sketchy. The family is still awaiting full details from the police.
“She had tried to avoid the car, (but) she and the driver had moved in the same direction. She was the pedestrian and she wanted to get away from the vehicle and the car also wanted to avoid her but they went in the same direction,” said her father to The Bharat.
“A culpable homicide case has been opened for investigation after an incident on April 3, 2021 at 12:30 pm at Sacks Circle Bellville South. At the scene, members of the SAPS found a 30-year-old woman who had died on the ground on the road. She had suffered injuries to her head and legs,” said Police spokesman Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana.
This is not the first trauma experienced by La Vita’s father of this nature. The victim’s mother was killed in a hit and run seven years ago in Mitchells Plain and her sister in 1978.