Best Care Ambulance spokesperson Xander Loubser said the incident happened this past Friday night after a bakkie and a car collided on Struben Street and Eskia Mphahlele Drive in Marabastad, Pretoria.
Loubser said paramedics arrived at the scene and found the driver of the bakkie trapped inside the vehicle with two of his passengers sitting next to it, Rekord East reported.
“The driver of [the other] car was lying outside his vehicle with a wound to his head. When we treated him, we realised he had no shoes [on],” Loubser said.
According to Loubser, bystanders pretending to help the man had robbed him of his cellphone, shoes and wallet – which contained his driver’s licence.
Tshwane emergency services were later called to the scene to free the entrapped bakkie driver, who sustained a broken arm and leg.
Once the injured driver was freed, the door and some of the metal from the wreckage were put aside for safety reasons.
While paramedics were treating the man, bystanders reportedly took the door and ran away with it.
“People must watch out for bystanders as they sometimes pretend to help you because you are still in shock, but instead they rob you,” Loubser said.
According to Rescue Care operations manager Garrith Jamieson, theft from crash sites was not uncommon.
“We often see cases like this and it is abhorrent. People are often trapped and injured in their cars and thieves take advantage of that to rob them blind,” said Jamieson.
In a similar incident, two men who died in a crash were reportedly removed from a vehicle and robbed of their cellphones and wallets in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year
Both men were allegedly dragged from the wrecked vehicle and robbed of their possessions by men driving a VW Golf and a Polo, before being left to die on the pavement.
– Caxton News Service